SCUGOG: Late last week, it was announced that township CAO Ian Roger has decided to leave his role with the municipality in order to pursue other opportunities.
Don Gordon, the director of community services has been designated the role in the interim, according a press release from the municipality, which was sent out late Friday (Aug. 14) afternoon. Mr. Gordon was slated to retire this year, but decided to stay on until a suitable replacement is found. Mayor Tom Rowett told The Standard that the township doesn’t want to rush the process of finding a successor to the role.
“It is very unfortunate and we will try to fill this role as soon as possible, but we don’t want to rush it,” he said. “Mr. Gordon is very well respected by council and staff and we are confident he can fill the role. It’s our goal is to have the CAO replacement by the end of the year.”
Mr. Roger had been absent from council since late April. Originally when The Standard asked township staff and the mayor about Mr. Roger’s situation the reply was that he was “on vacation”. However, at some point the vacation status changed to a leave of absence. The reason for his extended leave of absence is also currently unknown. Ian Roger could not be reached for comment by press time.
Mayor Rowett explained to The Standard that the township had to follow proper procedure before announcing the vacancy.
“We would not move forward unless we knew that the position was vacant. We went through a process to see if Mr. Roger was coming back after his leave of absence,” he said.
Mayor Rowett added that the township is dedicated to finding the right candidate.
“We are focused on the replacement and moving forward as well as making Scugog the best township we can,” the mayor added.
Mr. Roger had been working with the township since August 2010, starting out as the Director of Public Works and Parks. Last year, he was promoted to the role of CAO after Beverly Hendry took a position with the City of Oshawa.
Mr. Roger came under fire at times during his tenure, over issues relating to the township’s original agreement with the operators of Greenbank Airways to allow fill onto the site.