The Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake has hired a new chief administrative officer after a months-long search.
Marnie Cluckie will take over the job as the town's top civil servant as of Dec. 9, the town announced Wednesday afternoon.
Cluckie succeeds Holly Dowd, who retired 15 months ago. Sheldon Randall, the town's director of operations has been acting as interim CAO for the past year.
In a statement, the town said Cluckie has more than 10 years of experience working in senior-level roles in workplaces such as Halton Region and Halton Community Housing Corp., Niagara Region and the City of Hamilton.
“With her education and training in business administration, leadership and organizational development, architecture and environmental science, and her skills in financial management, operational planning and community relations, Marnie brings extensive knowledge and experience to the role,” the town said.
According to her LinkedIn profile, Cluckie has been the director of Halton Region's strategic transformations group for the past 18 months. It also notes she is an executive leadership coach.
Prior to that, her listing says she was Halton's chief building officer and director of asset management.
She also was Niagara Region's director of construction, energy and facilities management from 2015 to 2018 and worked for the City of Hamilton in managerial roles for almost 10 years before that.
Ontario sunshine list data shows Dowd was paid $166,784 in 2018 as NOTL's chief administrator, her last full year in the job. She retired in August 2019 but earned $219,536 that year, according to the salary disclosure list. The list shows Cluckie was paid $161,413 in 2019 with Halton Region.
Lord Mayor Betty Disero said town council is “excited” about hiring Cluckie.
“We are confident she will excel in this challenging leadership position and play an active role in managing and guiding our local government services for the town,” Disero said.
”We would also like to express sincere gratitude to Sheldon Randall for taking on the role of Interim CAO this past year. He has done us a great service, particularly with his steadfast guidance throughout this global pandemic.”
In the town's announcement, Cluckie said she believes NOTL is “committed to a high quality of community life. I’ve seen Niagara-on-the-Lake strive to preserve its heritage, agriculture and distinct beauty while creating vibrant sustainable communities for all.”
She said the town is “progressive, creative and forward-thinking but also grounded in its strong history.”