Dutton Dunwich cuts senior staff position

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The Municipality of Dutton Dunwich no longer has a chief administrative officer.

The position was eliminated by a unanimous recorded vote following a closed session of a regular council meeting on Wednesday.

In a news release to The Chronicle, Mayor Bob Purcell said the move is part of a restructuring plan “designed to have broad ranging impacts that will reduce the burden to our taxpayers.”

The mayor described the decision as “an effort to streamline the responsiveness and efficiency of our administration.”

He added senior staff will now report directly to mayor and council.

“This move was taken by council recognizing the severe financial pressures faced by our taxpayers and their desire to have elected members more accountable and responsive to their immediate needs and priorities,” the mayor stated in a news release.

The CAO position was created in 2012 following the retirement of clerk Ken Loveland.

Loveland is now a member of Dutton Dunwich council, and was elected in October.

The mayor said he couldn’t comment on individual personnel matters when asked about a termination package for Laurie Spence Bannerman, who has been the CAO since the administrative position became part of local governance.

“Any transition costs are more than offset by the removal of this position from our organizational chart,” Purcell stated in an e-mail.

Council’s decision is effective immediately, the mayor added.

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