by Tristan Turner
Mayor and Council passed a resolution during the Mar. 22 Regular Meeting of Council to formally appoint Andrew Isbister as the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the Town of Morinville.
Mr. Isbister has been employed with the Town of Morinville since December 2009 as the Director of Financial Services. He took over the role of Interim Chief Administrative Officer Jan. 26, following Council unanimously terminating the position of former CAO Debbie Oyarzun.
Town Councils have had a rocky relationship with CAOs in the past. Oyarzun was the fourth Morinville CAO let go since 2006, the most recent being Oyarzun’s predecessor Eddie Doepker in 2011.
A new Council-CAO Relationship Framework is currently in the works for the municipality, and the CAO Bylaw is up for review at an upcoming Governance, Finance and Audit Committee.
Council only had kind words for Isbister at the meeting, however, with Deputy Mayor Ladouceur, who phoned in for the meeting, commenting that “[Isbister] has already been a phenomenal interim CAO.” Other members f Council expressed similar kind words.
“Our Council is delighted that Mr. Isbister has accepted the role of CAO,” said Mayor Lisa Holmes shortly after the meeting. “He is certainly well-versed in Council’s priorities, the opportunities and challenges that are facing our community and his experience will be invaluable. He has our full support and confidence in fulfilling this role, and we look forward to working together.”
Prior to his position with the Town of Morinville, Isbister retired as Treasurer of Edmonton Catholic Schools, which he held between 2000 and 2009. Isbister was also the Secretary Treasurer of Sturgeon School Division from 1998 to 2000. Isbister previously served as the Chief Financial Officer with the town until being named interim CAO.