The Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake has hired a new director of operations and has launched a search for another senior executive.
Romolo D’Angelo starts as the new director of operations on Nov. 14.
And the town has posted a job opening for a new position: a strategic planning and government relations officer.
The newly created position pays $102,794 to $124,888. The director of operations job pays $118,755 to $144,271.
The strategic planning and government relations officer will report directly to chief administrative officer Marnie Cluckie, as will D’Angelo.
The job description, dated Oct. 18, says the person will be “responsible for managing the development and implementation of the town’s corporate strategic plan, overseeing priority corporate initiatives, and providing advice and support to the chief administrative officer and senior management team in the resolution of town business issues that are often highly sensitive and confidential in nature.”
Whoever is hired also will be active lobbying senior levels of government, the posting says.
“This position is also responsible for planning and executing government relations activities and initiatives by liaising with other levels of government and key stakeholders in public and private sector organizations to support the development of positive relations.”
During this fall’s election campaign, Lord Mayor-elect Gary Zalepa emphasized the need for a new strategic plan for the town and promised to implement one quickly.
As chief administrator, Cluckie has the autonomy to create such a position if she determines it is needed. The previous council never discussed adding the position, a source said.
Applications are being accepted until Nov. 14.
D’Angelo succeeds Sheldon Randall, who retired in the spring.
He comes to Niagara-on-the-Lake from the City of Hamilton, where he was a director in public works, among many other senior positions he held there.
As well, from 2017 to 2022, D’Angelo was president of Hamilton Renewable Power, an energy provider.
“Romolo’s strong leadership, extensive experience, knowledge, and goal-oriented mindset will make him a tremendous asset to the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake,” Cluckie said in announcing his hiring.
D’Angelo holds an industrial engineering diploma and is a certified engineering technologist.