‘Big cheese’ expensive to replace
MUSKOKA LAKES - The Muskoka Lakes CAO may be expensive to replace, according to an outside company.
A report by N.G. Bellchamber and Associates said replacing Muskoka Lakes CAO Walt Schmid could be expensive because of the baby boomers retiring and the challenges of the position.
“The salary range required to attract a qualified candidate may be higher than the current range as a result,” the report said. It didn’t say what the salary range would be.
The company did a survey of council and senior staff to determine the qualities desired in the new CAO. The most frequent comment used was: “We want someone like Walt!”
Other key qualities included someone who does not micromanage his staff and prevents council from attempting to do so, is willing to say no, is protective of council when necessary, is respectful with a high degree of integrity, and is diplomatic.
Bellchamber also suggested hiring an interim CAO, which could cost between $15,000 to $20,000 plus tax, until the position is filled. Council is putting that on the back burner until they figure out how long the hiring process will be, as Schmid will remain in Muskoka Lakes until mid-September and the new CAO is expected to begin in mid to late October.
Schmid will be working for the Town of Bracebridge, replacing its municipal engineer.