With the announcement of the selection of an interim CAO as the search for a replacement for Carolyn Tripp continues, we have now learned from several sources inside Town Hall that our good head of finance and treasurer Marc Villeneuve (CFO) is moving on to greener pastures in Orangeville in the next few weeks. Congratulations to Marc for his hard work during some of the most difficult times in Midland’s history. It comes as no surprise that the continued bleed of top talent continues – either by “retirement” or those fleeing the floundering “good ship Midland” on their own terms.
We have yet to see a help wanted sign in the windows of Town Hall or on their pixel board out front, but it should come as a wake-up call to Council that it might be hard to attract new talent to the community until they get some control over their human resource issues. A lobby-group controlled town hall and Council is not the ideal environment to attract the talent we so desperately need to replace those who have left over the past two years – coincidentally since our Council’s term began.
When considering a replacement for Marc, the Town should consider the remuneration of this position when continuing to complain about empty pockets. The sunshine list website shows past few year’s growth in salaries for the CFO position in Midland.