SCUGOG: Council has named Paul Allore Scugog Township’s new chief administrative officer.
Mr. Allore has spent the last 20 years working for the Town of Ajax, with his last role being the Director of Planning and Development Services. He also previously spent 9 years working for the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. He will officially take the position on Monday, June 13.
“I’m very excited to have this role in Scugog, which I consider to be of one of Ontario’s finest communities, and to work with Council, staff and residents,” Mr. Allore said.
Don Gordon has been acting in the role of the Township’s Interim CAO since Ian Roger announced that he was parting ways with the Township in August.
Mayor Tom Rowett told The Standard that the recruitment process did take longer than expected because Council wanted to make sure they chose the right person to fill the top staff job.
“We did not want to rush it, we wanted to choose the right candidate,” he said. “With that being said, we were very fortunate to have a big pool to choose from. We wanted to make sure that it was the right fit.”
A total of 57 people applied for the position. Mayor Rowett said that he was impressed with the amount of research Mr. Allore did on the Township, coming in to the interview.
“Already, he is bringing forward ideas that will be a big compliment to the Township,” he said. “He is a hard worker, and a take the bull by the horns kind of person, who makes sure that it is the best operation it can be.”
Mayor Rowett added that Mr. Allore brings expertise, that will be helpful as the Township prepares for residential growth.
“With him being a registered planner and with the impending retirement of current CAO and registered planner Don Gordon, it will help with the future growth of the Township,” the Mayor said. “We recognize the skills and leadership that he brought to the Town of Ajax and he will lead us to building a dream team, at Scugog Township.”
The Mayor also said that, as well as taking the CAO position, Mr. Allore is also planning to become a resident of Scugog.
One of the first initiatives Mr. Allore will have to undertake, as the new CAO, will be to give final oversight on the Township’s Strategic Corporate plan before it is approved.
“We are looking forward to the strategic corporate plan being released to the public and we will have a very proactive communication process moving forward,” Mayor Rowett said.