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Brock CAO the latest to depart from the Township

DAN CEARNS, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, for The Standard

BROCK: The Township of Brock has multiple staff positions to fill. The Township’s Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) is the latest to leave.

On Monday, March 22nd, Township clerk Becky Jamieson confirmed to The Standard CAO Dean Hustwick had left the township sometime during the week of March 15th. During the evening of March 22nd, following a closed session meeting, councillors voted to name former Uxbridge CAO Ingrid Svelnis, the township’s interim CAO, while searching for their next full-time replacement.

Mr. Hustwick had started working for the township in early November. He was hired to replace the previous CAO Robert Lamb, who left after serving six months in the role. Previously, Ms. Jamieson and treasurer Laura Barta left to join the Township of Scugog.

While Brock township has not talked about why Mr. Hustwick left, the Mayor and council members put out a joint statement, on Tuesday, March 23rd, addressing the multiple staff departures.

“Recent staff departures, impending retirements and the need to focus on the people of our organization have resulted in Council taking a pause, to focus on the administrative processes and services, to ensure equitable and progressive attention to human resource issues in the Township. Council regrets that Township staff have had to endure difficult situations; and it is the well-being of our staff [which] is of the greatest concern now and moving forward,” the statement read.

The statement added, Brock Township “will move forward in a positive manner with the cooperation and participation of Township staff and Council.”

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