CAO John Regan resigns

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Merrickville-Wolford CAO John Regan has resigned from his position with the municipality. A press release sent out on June 15 states that his resignation was effective as of May 21.

“I decided to look for other opportunities that I would like to take on,” John says, stating that the nature of the investigation is not the reason for his departure. “I have received other offers and it’s time to move on.”

John says he has been offered a position at another municipality, although he is not currently at liberty to say which one. “I want to tackle this new opportunity with everything I’ve got,” he says. “I really enjoyed my time in Merrickville and wish them all the best.”

John denies the rumours that his leave from the municipality, and subsequent investigation, was due to financial or professional misconduct. “It’s just gossip and rumours,” he says. “My friends and professional colleagues know who I am.”

In April, 2014, Haldimand County had hired John Regan as the new Manager of Economic Development and Tourism. Over the next two years, John had left that position and had been CAO of the Municipality of French River, before resigning that position on July 22, 2016. He began work as CAO in Merrickville-Wolford in September,2016. After just over a year in the position, he was put on administrative leave while an inquiry was begun into unspecified issues.

Interim CAO Arie Hoogenboom confirmed at the council meeting of June 11, 2018 that the investigation into CAO Regan has come to an end. Council has been reviewing the report; however, it is unclear whether it will ever be released to the public.

Arie handed in his resignation last week, as he will be running for Mayor in the Township of Rideau Lakes in the upcoming municipal election. At the last council meeting Mayor David Nash thanked him for his help, and announced that the municipality has set up a couple interviews with candidates in order to replace him. “We hope to have someone in place by the end of the month,” he said.

The position will replace Arie as Interim CAO for a period of up to a year. “This will allow the 2019-2022 council to have input into any permanent senior staffing arrangements,” the press release says.

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