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James Hepburn appointed CAO


James Hepburn

James Hepburn

James Hepburn has accepted the permanent position as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the County of Prince Edward.

Hepburn has been the acting CAO since March 2015, following the departure of Merlin Dewing.

CAO is the highest administrative position within the municipal structure and provides administrative oversight to the corporation as a whole. Hepburn has held a senior management position since starting with the municipality in October 2008.

Based on the skills, knowledge, leadership and commitment demonstrated by Mr. Hepburn over the past several years, Council appointed Hepburn as Acting CAO in March 2015 and was pleased to offer him the permanent position, noted Mayor Robert Quaiff in his appointment announcement.

Hepburn is a graduate of Queen’s University’s Bachelor of Commerce program and a chartered accountant. He was a senior market analyst for Natural Resources Canada and started his career with accounting firms in Toronto and Picton.

“On behalf of council, I am very happy to announce the appointment of Mr. Hepburn to this important leadership role and look forward to working with him to continue improving the efficiency and effectiveness of our organization,” said Mayor Quaiff. “I have every confidence that he will lead the administration through the challenges and opportunities of the future.”

Hepburn looks forward to moving on a number of projects, including:
– The development of a Strategic Plan to guide the responsible use of resources, effectiveness and efficiency in municipal service delivery and accountability to citizens, council and stakeholders;
– Leading the 2016 budget process including establishing the Capital and Operational budgets; and
– Continuing to move forward on the CAO priorities established by council in 2015, including: recommendations for financial and operational stability; a review of charges and policies related to development, planning and building; a review of water and wastewater operations and recommendations for improvements; development of an HR Strategy designed to improve retention, attraction and successions planning; and identifying ways to use heritage to drive economic growth.

“I am pleased to accept the Chief Administrative Officer position,” said Hepburn. “In addition to the CAO priorities identified by council, I look forward to continuing to improve the County’s ability to provide customer service excellence to Prince Edward County residents.”

The formal appointment bylaw is to be passed at the Nov. 10, 2015 council meeting.

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  1. Emily says:

    Not how to vote, of course not Snowman, that is silly. Advise on procedure, process and risks.

  2. Snowman says:

    I hope that the CAO does not tell Council Members how to vote on any matter. Time to move on. There are so many issues that need Council’s attention, that have direct everyday effect on ratepayer’s lives, much more than this.
    And all the talk about the OMB telling us how to proceed? The ballot question in 2010 about restructuring did not have a 50% participation .It is not binding under terms of the Municipal Act. It’s hard to imagine a single OMB member, (judge,whatever) imposing a “solution” when the governing legislation for Municipalities in Ontario clearly states their is no legal reason for Council to restructure.
    It’s obvious that until a clear question is added to a Municipal ballot, and 51% say yes for change, Council can dance around this for years.

  3. Emily says:

    Did he tell Council last night they were going down a slippery slope? Merlin certainly would have!

  4. Snowman says:

    Good choice.Smart guy, knows The County and it’s people.

  5. Theresa Durning says:

    Congratulations to James!

  6. Cathy Goddard says:

    Excellent decision.

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