A number of staff departures in Parry Sound
By Roland Cilliers
December 7, 2012
Key positions at several Parry Sound institutions have recently become available.
In the last month, significant staff departures have occurred at the Parry Sound Public Library, the West Parry Sound Health Centre and Parry Sound Emergency Services.
The town of Parry Sound terminated its relationship with former Director of Emergency Services, Sharon Montgomery-Greenwood, on November 20. The town has said the change will not affect the delivery of emergency services.
Rob Mens, chief administrative officer with the town of Parry Sound, wouldn’t go into details on the reasoning for the termination but said it was a personnel matter dealt with by council. Mens said they will be hiring, but the position as changed.
“We will be hiring a director of emergency services/fire chief. It’s not a full two positions into one as we will also be supplementing the fire department position at the deputy level.
“We’re just working through the details, but we are combining the responsibility of fire chief and director into one position,” said Mens.
The local library lost its top employee in that same week. In mid November the library board opted to terminate CEO Richard Sulkers.
Mens said the termination was a confidential one, and they do not comment on those types of issues.
He did say they are looking to hire a replacement, but not in the immediate future.
Sulkers had been in the position for just a little over a year.
He was selected for the position in September of 2011 and was picked from a pool of 23 potential applicants.
At the West Parry Sound Health Centre the long-time chief financial officer, Jeff Gilchrist, opted to leave the centre’s employment.
In a statement to the North Star, West Parry Sound Health Centre CEO Donald Sanderson, thanked Gilchrist for his many years of service to the organization.
“Mr. Gilchrist made many significant contributions to health care in our community. I am particularly grateful for the organization’s history of solid financial stewardship as evidenced by successive balanced budgets,” Sanderson said. “Jeff has been a significant support to me during my nearly four years as CEO.”
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