New South Stormont CAO starts January 3rd

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LONG SAULT — The Township of South Stormont will have a new Chief Administrative Officer early in the New Year.

Deborah LucasSwitzer will assume the position Jan. 3 with the retirement of outgoing CAO Betty de Haan, who is lauded in a recent township press release for 36 years of dedicated service to the municipality.

With over 20 years of senior municipal leadership experience, LucasSwitzer has served in rural and urban municipalities. Her previous posts have included General Manager of Recreation and Culture, Community Services Department for the City of Lethbridge, Alberta, and Director of Strategic Planning, Community Services Department for the City of Waterloo, Ontario.

Along with several municipal government courses and certifications, the incoming South Stormont CAO has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Waterloo and a Public Administration Diploma from the University of Western Ontario, London.

“On behalf of Township Council and Staff, we are pleased to welcome Deborah to South Stormont,” said Mayor Jim Bancroft. “She brings a wealth of experience and we are confident she will enjoy working in our growing and progressive community.”

“I am honoured by the appointment to serve as the Township of South Stormont’s new CAO. The opportunity to work alongside council and staff, continuing to provide excellent public services to residents and businesses, is exciting,” said LucasSwitzer.

Her selection comes through a recruitment process supported by N.G. Bellchamber & Associates Ltd.

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