Lennox and Addington County Council has engaged the services of Bill Bishop of HR Consulting Services to lead the search for a new Chief Administrative Officer to replace the incumbent, Larry Keech who is retiring on August 31, 2017. The job advertisement has been broadly posted on various websites including Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators, Ontario Municipal Administrators Association, Association of Municipal Clerks & Treasurers of Ontario, Canadian Municipal Jobs, Ontario Municipal Human Resources Association, as well as the County’s website.
Larry Keech has worked for more than 35 years in municipal government in Lennox and Addington, over 6 years as Clerk-Treasurer of the Township of Camden East, and 29 years as Chief Administrative Officer/Clerk of the County. Between those two municipal positions, Larry gained valuable experience as Executive Assistant to a cabinet minister and premier at Queen’s Park, Executive Director of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario and Senior Advisor to a federal cabinet minister in Ottawa. Larry has had the unique experience of working for four levels of government and in total, dedicating 43 years to public service since his election as a Councillor in the Township of Camden East at age 22.
“It will be a big change for Lennox and Addington without Larry Keech at the helm,” stated Warden Bill Lowry. “Council is committed to attracting a new CAO with a proven track record of municipal experience to administer our broad range of County services and build on Larry’s legacy in Lennox and Addington,” he added.
The goal of Lennox and Addington’s recruitment process is to have a new CAO in place by early July to coincide with Larry’s anticipated last day of work.