You may notice some new faces at Huntsville’s planning department, which is going through a transition. Two planners have recently left the municipality for other pastures.
Chris Marshall has gone to Kawartha Lakes and Sean O’Callaghan, who left just before Marshall, accepted another position as planner at the Township of Algonquin Highlands.
That’s the thing with living in Muskoka… the joke is that we keep stealing from one another. Huntsville CAO Denise Corry
“We certainly wish them well,” said Corry, adding that they’ve both moved up in their careers as planners.
In terms of the impact on Huntsville, she said O’Callaghan’s position was filled internally by GIS Coordinator Curtis Syvret. “He slid over, he had some great background in urban planning,” said Corry.
As for Marshall’s position, Corry said, “We’re very sad to see him go because obviously when you have staff in the Corporation that are committed and dedicated it’s hard to let them go.” At the same time Corry called the move great for his career as it was a higher level position. The Town went looking for a senior planner to replace him. The competition closed mid-January and staff are expected to begin reviewing the applications this week. The hiring committee is comprised of Human Resources Manager Lisa Smith, Manager of Planning Services Kristin Maxwell, and Executive Director of Development Services Mike Gooch who has announced he’ll be retiring in June. The Executive Director of Development Services oversees planning, bylaw, building, and the sustainability departments at the Town of Huntsville.
“It’ll be a big portfolio so we’ll probably be going out in a month looking for applications for that position,” said Corry.