As of July 5, Greater Napanee CAO Ray Callery will be running another municipality.
Callery has served 22 years as the Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Greater Napanee. He departs Greater Napanee to replace Andy Brown, who has been CAO of the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville for nine years, according to The Recorder and Times.
Leeds and Grenville is located north of Brockville, and about an hour and 20 minutes east of Greater Napanee.
The council of Leeds and Grenville Counties confirmed Callery’s appointment on Tuesday, according to The Recorder and Times.
According to the Sunshine List, Brown made $213,768.41 in 2020 as the CAO of Leeds and Grenville Counties, compared to Callery’s $146,736,08 Town of Greater Napanee salary.
Callery’s resignation from the Town of Greater Napanee is one in a long list of senior position turnover within the Town. Other recent high-profile departures include: Mark Day, former Deputy CAO/Treasurer; Susan Beckel, Town Clerk; Rob Serson, former Greater Napanee Fire Chief; Gib Garrett, former Planning Clerk & Coordinator; and Rebecca Roy, former Deputy Chief Building Official.
Town of Greater Napanee Mayor Marg Isbester wished Callery all the best on his exciting new role. In a press release, Mayor Isbester stated, “on behalf of myself, Council and staff, we wish Ray all the best in his new position. Some of us have worked with Ray for a long time; others had shortened times. All of us recognized his dedication and unselfish time commitment to a Town that he has seen through a lot of ups and downs; a Town that has fought its way through amalgamation (and like many other municipalities) is still working on that aspect. His challenges will be somewhat different at the United Counties as an upper tier, but I am sure he will be as dedicated.”