United Counties Leeds & Grenville

Raymond Callery is the new Chief Administrative Officer for the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville effective July 5. Mr. Callery has an extensive history in municipal government, having served as the CAO of the Town of Greater Napanee for the past 24 years. His appointment was announced at a special meeting of Counties Council on April 6. He succeeds Andy Brown, who is retiring at the end of June.

“The United Counties of Leeds and Grenville is very happy to welcome a CAO with Raymond Callery’s local government experience and knowledge. Council and staff look forward to working with Mr. Callery and leaning on his expertise to guide the Counties through the foreseeable future”, said Warden Roger Haley.

Waterhouse Executive Search was engaged by the United Counties last December to assist in finding a new CAO. A CAO Selection Committee made up of five Counties Council members worked with Waterhouse to oversee the selection of a candidate. Final interviews were conducted by all 10 members of Council.

Mr. Callery started his municipal government career in 1989 in Pittsburgh Township. He served as Deputy Clerk and Treasurer for the Town of Napanee from 1991 to 1997. He was an integral part of an amalgamation proposal accepted by the provincial government in 1996. Mr. Callery holds a Bachelor of Arts – Economic Degree from Trent University, holds the designations Certified Municipal Officer, Certified Municipal Manager III and Human Resources Professional and has certificates in Municipal Emergency Management. He has also served on numerous municipal-provincial committees and task forces dealing with a variety of issues.

During the amalgamation process, Lennox and Addington County’s lower-tier municipalities were reduced from 13 to four. Mr. Callery was selected to lead the organizational development for the newly formed Town of Greater Napanee. He has also served on the Town of Greater Napanee Police Services Board since 1997. Mr. Callery is a past president of the Association of Municipal Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO) and was twice elected as Director at Large. Mr. Callery helped develop and oversee the AMCTO Municipal Management Internship Program with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and is proud of how many graduates of that program are currently working in municipal government or related fields.

Andy Brown, who retires June 30, has served as CAO for the United Counties for over nine years. He held progressive top administrator positions over his 33-year career in municipal government, including chief administrative officer with the Township of Horton, the Town of Prescott, the Township of South Dundas and the Municipality of North Grenville.


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