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Georgian Bluffs CAO announces resignation

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Georgian Bluffs council is planning to take “immediate steps” to find a new chief administrative officer after the township’s current top staffer announced he will be resigning.

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CAO Al Meneses’ resignation is effective Sept. 17, according to a township news release.

Meanwhile, Norfolk County has announced that Meneses will serve as the single-tier municipality’s new CAO, starting Sept. 20.

Georgian Bluffs Mayor Dwight Burley, in the township’s news release, thanks Meneses, who has served as the township’s CAO since Dec. 14, 2020, for his “dedication, passion and effort” during his time with the municipality.

“He has tackled large, ongoing projects and greatly assisted council in moving the township forward. He will be missed by all. We wish him all the best and success in his new role,” Burley said.

Meneses said in a statement that he’s grateful for the opportunities Georgian Bluffs has provided him since his tenure began and feels fortunate to have worked with a “dedicated and talented group of people.”

The news release from Norfolk County says Meneses was selected as CAO after a thorough recruitment and selection process. He replaces former CAO Jason Burgess, who left the municipality July 23.

The release says Meneses has more than 30 years of combined experience in both public and private sectors. An accomplished municipal manager, he has held leadership positions in business and financial planning, real estate and community services with the City of Brampton and the City of Vaughan.

“We are excited to welcome Al to Norfolk County and look forward to working with him in September. He has the right professional profile to lead our administration and brings strong leadership, business expertise and an impressive track record of municipal experience to the team,” said Norfolk County Mayor Kristal Chopp.

Meneses was hired as Georgian Bluffs’ CAO after the township’s former top executive John Norton quit the position for personal reasons in September 2020 after less than a month on the job.

Before Norton’s hiring, the municipality had been without a permanent CAO since Rick Winters went on a paid leave of absence in late November 2019. In late February 2020, the municipality announced Winters was no longer with the municipality. Further details were not provided.

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