Phipps will not stay until end of contract, could be gone by year’s end


CAO Mike Phipps

CAO Mike Phipps

By Ron Giofu


Chief Administrative Officer Mike Phipps has announced that not only will he not stay beyond his current two-year contract, he is planning to leave before it expires.

Phipps said he plans on meeting with town council to help them develop a plan to hire a new CAO as well as to help the municipality through the Oct. 27 election. With director of legislative services/clerk Brenda Percy on short-term disability, Phipps said he feels an obligation to assist with carrying out the election in town and lend his experience to that.

“There’s no one in the organization who has ever run an election,” he said, noting he has run 11 of them. “I just feel a bit of an obligation to hang in and help out.”

Phipps added he also has to stay during the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing’s (MMAH) audit as documentation and reports he prepared are part of the provincial review of the town’s finances. He said the province will likely select the firm that will carry out the audit this week.

The financial review should be completed by Sept. 12, Phipps stated.

“I am meeting with council shortly,” he said. “They’ve got to put a plan in place.”

It will take three to four months to bring in a new chief administrative officer, he estimated.

Phipps added he is the fifth CAO the town of Amherstburg has had in this term of council alone.

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