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Jan. 27, 2022 | Thursday
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Council formally thanks Sheldon Randall for time as interim CAO

Being the chief administrator of a municipality is a tough job to begin with, even before a global pandemic was thrown into the mix.

But interim CAO Sheldon Randall stuck with it, spending hundreds of hours serving the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake while the hunt for a new permanent chief administrator was underway.

Town council offered a formal thank you to Randall last Wednesday for his time as interim CAO.

The motion by Coun. Clare Cameron came at the same time as council officially approved Marnie Cluckie as the town’s new CAO.

Lord Mayor Betty Disero said she has increased respect for the work Randall has done for the town while filling the role of CAO.

“I would also like to express gratitude and thanks to Sheldon Randall on all the work that he’s done this year," Disero said.

"I can tell you that it was not easy with all the work that we did as a council and also having to deal with COVID and everything else we did throughout the year.
"People’s tensions were high. A lot of frustration in some cases, and I just want to say, Sheldon, I am every day, more and more appreciative of the work that you do for this town.”

Coun. Allan Bisback also thanked Randall.

“I would like to extend my personal thanks to the interim CAO for the work that he did, his leadership through COVID,” he said.

“I think you did a great job and I know you’ll work well with Miss Cluckie.”

In an interview, Disero said the challenges presented this year would be difficult for even a veteran CAO.

“It’s hard enough for a seasoned CAO to work their way through it. Sheldon just stepped up (and) took on the task with vigilance.”