CAO Pam Malott takes medical leave



By Joel Charron

Amherstburg’s chief administrative officer, Pam Malott has taken an indefinite leave from her position with the town.

Mayor Wayne Hurst brought Malott’s leave of absence to council’s attention during last week’s council meeting.

Hurst told council that Malott’s leave is medical related.

In her absence, Hurst asked administration to inquire about filling the position will Joe Levack, a consultant with the town.

Levack is a facilitator who the town has used for strategic planning and negotiations. Levack owns Joe Levack Management Consulting Inc.

Levack was a senior vice president at Windsor-owned Enwin Utilities until his departure in the fall of 2009. Levack had worked for the utility for 10 years, where he helped oversee staff restructuring at Enwin and the Windsor Utilities Commission. He had served as vice-president of corporate services and head of human resources.

On Monday morning a special council meeting was used to consider Levack as the temporary CAO.

In a recorded vote, the motion was passed to name Levack to the temporary position. Councilors John Sutton, Bob Pillon Carolyn Davies and Mayor Hurst voted for the motion while Deputy Mayor Ron Sutherland and Councilors Diane Pouget and Bart DiPasquale voted against.

Sutherland said he has nothing against Levack and wishes him well as the temporary CAO but does have some issues.

“I have nothing against Joe Levack as a human being or his qualifications to do what he’s been doing but by his own admission, with no experience with municipal governments, especially in a CAO’s positions I don’t know how effective he will be, but I wish him well.”

Sutherland also said that Levack would be available to the town for two days a week. The deputy mayor added it would be the same two days every week to establish consistency.

During the Monday morning meeting, Sutherland asked Levack if he is named the acting CAO how would he able to complete the project he is currently working on.

“He said he wouldn’t be working on the project on town time but he did mention that it could possibly be easier to acquire the information he would need to complete the projects on his own time,” said Sutherland.

He also added that any work Levack does on town projects during the days he is in the office the town would not be billed for that time.

Town treasurer Paul Beneteau, who has filled in for Malott before, was considered for the temporary position, however Councillor Bob Pillon mentioned that Beneteau already has his hands full with budget deliberations. Pillon also mentioned that if Beneteau were to be appointed to  the position there would be no one to cover his job in treasury.

Malott’s leave began last week and according to Sutherland there is no timetable for her return but mentioned that her doctors would re-evaluate her after three weeks to determine her progress.

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