Date of Award
Major Research Paper
Master of Public Administration
Ontario, Town of Tecumseh, Town of Wawa
Many Chief Administrative Officers will retire in the coming years, posing a succession problem for municipalities. The problem is especially acute in small and Northern municipalities. Municipalities must develop talent recruitment and retention strategies. Analysis of two case studies indicates that strong council support for succession planning is required, and municipal organizations should invest in their staff so that they can ascend to leadership positions, including promoting professional networking opportunities.
Szarka, Michael, "The Future of CAOs in Small Ontario Municipalities: A Study of What Small Ontario Municipalities Are Doingto Recruit and Retain ‘Top Talent’" (2017). MPA Major Research Papers. 174.