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Jun. 20, 2019 | Thursday
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Town CAO's contract extended
Town council discussed Holly Dowd's contract during a closed session Monday. (Dariya Baiguzhiyeva/Niagara Now)

Holly Dowd’s contract as Niagara-on-the-Lake’s chief administrative officer has been extended for one year.

Following a closed session where personnel matters were discussed, town council voted to extend Dowd’s contract during a council meeting Monday.

The CAO’s contract expired on Jan. 31, 2019, said Lord Mayor Betty Disero in an interview with the reporters, but council decided to extend it until Dec. 31, 2019.

Dowd did not attend Monday’s council meeting.

She previously served as town clerk and director of corporate services and has been working with the town for 37 years.

She was first appointed as an interim chief administrative officer in 2016 and was permanently named CAO by council on Jan. 16, 2017.

Since then, Dowd has been serving as town’s chief administrative officer. She earned $166,784.86 in 2018, according to the Ontario public sector salary disclosure list.

Disero said the appointment was probably “positive” for Dowd. “She knows she’ll be in position.”

Dowd didn’t comment about whether she would like to extend her contract after her current term is over, but in an email response to The Lake Report she said she is “fine with this decision.”

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