In an internal memo to staff on Friday 26 July, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Stephen Peacock announced to Town staff that he is going on medical leave effective September 1st. In a conversation a few months ago, Stephen told me that he was planning to retire effective the end of the year with an announcement late Fall so it seems that he is bringing this forward. There is no official announcement currently planned since he is not actually retiring (it’s medical leave) although it is not expected that he will return anytime soon. Stephen has been CAO since 2009 and before that Director of Public Works from January 2004. He graduated from Guelph University with his Engineering degree in 1986. As CAO, he is responsible for all of Town’s staff and is the official interface between Council and Staff.
The photo of Stephen at right was taken by Ted Amsden in 2014 – it’s the best one I’ve found of Stephen.
There is as yet no discussion on a replacement – internal candidates would be Directors:
- Glenn McGlashon – Director, Planning & Development Services – Glenn has worked at the Town for 30 years
- Ian Davey – Director of Corporate Services – otherwise known as the Finance Director but also has Town Clerk Brent Larmer reporting to him
- Dean Hustwick – Director of Community Services – hired in April 2016 to start a new division “Parks, Recreation, Culture & Tourism” – since renamed to Community Services – article about his hiring here. This includes my “to-do list” for him which he has mostly achieved.
- Laurie Wills – Director of Public Works since June 2018. Hired as Deputy Director in January 2017
In 2009, the previous CAO Steve Robinson retired after being with the town for 27 years, first as the director of finance, then as CAO for nine years. The Town initially hired a “head hunter” to find a replacement but ultimately promoted internally. Since Stephen’s announcement was earlier than expected, the Town has yet to decide on how to handle the vacancy.
- Northumberland News – Cobourg begins new top administrator search – 29 July 2009
- Report on Stephen’s internal email by Todays Northumberland
Update 11 August 2019.
Valerie MacDonald reports at Cobourg Now that Peacock is currently using vacation time but Mayor John Henderson said that he will be back in his office for the last five to seven days of August. He will then go on medical leave effective Sept 1. While he is away, Ian Davey will be acting as CAO.