New CAO appointed in Frontenac County

Frontenac County Council appointed Mr. Kevin Farrell as County CAO, on April 17. Photo via Frontenac County.

Kevin Farrell has been appointed as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for Frontenac County by Frontenac County Warden and Council, effective Wednesday, May 1, 2024.

“The job of selecting the right CAO is among the most important and sensitive work we undertake as County Council,” stated Frontenac County Warden Frances Smith.

“Mr. Farrell has all the right qualifications and qualities to lead staff and guide Council into the future. I congratulate him on behalf of Council and am looking forward to working with him even more closely from now on.”

According to a release from Frontenac County, dated Wednesday, Apr. 17, 2024, Farrell joined Frontenac County staff in February 2010 and most recently held the position of Manager of Continuous Improvement. He holds an Honours B.A. from the University of Ottawa and a Master of Public Administration from Queen’s University. The County said that as a member of the staff leadership team, he is well versed in the challenges associated with long-term care, paramedics, planning and economic development, marine services, and County administration.

“It is an honour and an exciting challenge to be selected as Frontenac County’s next CAO and to lead my colleagues toward the future,” Farrell expressed. “I want to thank Council for placing this trust in me and I want to thank Mr. Pender for his leadership, mentorship, and friendship these years.”

Current Frontenac County CAO Kelly Pender announced his departure late last year after a decade in the role. According to the release, he will remain on County staff to consult with Farrell on the transition until June 30.

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