McCaig to be acting CAO

With yesterday being the last for Bill Naturkach in his position as Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Fort Frances, Mark McCaig, CEO and president of the Fort Frances Power Corporation will take his place for the time being.
“He’ll be acting as CAO with all the responsibilities that go along with it,” said the town’s Human Resources officer Christine Ruppenstein yesterday.
“He’ll be a very busy guy. But I’m sure he’ll do a great job,” she added.
Ruppenstein said the town will be advertising to fill the position starting next week, adding that anyone who wants the job will have to go through the same application process, and there would be no internal promotions into the position.
“Realistically, we’ll be looking at the beginning of January,” said Ruppenstein, when asked when she expects to see a new administrator hired and at the helm.
Mayor Glenn Witherspoon agreed McCaig will “do a good job.”
“He’ll be on a steep learning curve. And he knows that,” he remarked. “He’ll be dealing with different people, more departments. But he was the choice of council, based on his excellent work with the power corporation.”
McCaig said yesterday he’s looking forward to the challenge. “At this point, it’s going take up a significant part of my time, as I’ll be doing two jobs,” he noted, adding he is undecided as to whether he may apply to permanently take up the CAO position.
After 35 years of working with the Town of Fort Frances, Naturkach officially announced his retirement Sept. 16.
In his retirement, the 55-year-old plans to redirect his priorities to his family, including a new grandson, travelling (especially on his motorcycle), and continuing his volunteer work in the promotion of good municipal governance practices.
Naturkach started his career with the town on July 2, 1968 as the tax collector. In November, 1974, he moved to the position of chief accountant and then to acting clerk/administrator in February, 1978.
In April, 1986, Naturkach held the position of clerk, deputy treasurer, and deputy CAO. On Feb. 2, 1988, he was promoted to the position of CAO, where he has served in that capacity for the past 15 years.