Conservation Authorities explore sharing arrangements


After the recent resignation of the Grey Sauble Conservation (GSCA) Chief Administrative Officer and the impending retirement of the Saugeen Valley Conservation (SVCA) General Manager, the respective Conservation Authority (CA) boards, exercising due diligence, gave direction to their executive committees to examine the concept of a shared CAO/GM position.

The committees met to explore the potential of having the right individual fill this position to provide leadership in aligning SVCA and GSCA operations more closely. Anticipated benefits could be improved service levels, shared best practices, maintenance and improvement of relationships with our watershed municipal partners, and potential creation of more career opportunities for staff.

The next step, subject to the approval of both boards, is a meeting with CA directors and staff, both County CAOs and Director of Human Resources for a more fulsome discussion of the feasibility of a shared CAO/GM and operations alignment.