South Frontenac’s Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Neil Carbone, will be leaving the Township to take on the role of Commissioner, Corporate Services for the City of Kingston. His last day with the Township will be Friday, February 25th, 2022.
“The Township is very sorry to see Mr. Carbone go. We have undergone a lot of positive change and accomplished a lot under Neil’s leadership,” said Mayor Ron Vandewal. “On behalf of Council, I want to thank him for all he’s done here and congratulate him on his new role.”
According to a release from South Frontenac Township, Neil Carbone joined the Township as its CAO in the summer of 2019 following the retirement of former CAO, Wayne Orr. Carbone had previously served in senior municipal leadership roles in Prince Edward County and the Municipality of Sioux Lookout.
During his tenure with South Frontenac, Carbone worked with Council to lead significant organizational change, to improve and modernize Township services in key areas, respond to growth and workforce pressures, and to navigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the release.
The Township said that many skilled new faces have joined the administration under Carbone’s leadership, helping to move the yardstick on Council’s strategic priorities of regional leadership, supporting appropriate growth, environmental stewardship, organizational capacity-building and fostering vibrant and complete communities.
“It is always challenging when your chief employee leaves,” said Vandewal, “But we have made great strides in fostering leadership within the organization, in breaking down departmental silos, and providing the necessary resources to deliver the services our residents value most. We have a strong and resilient team that can maintain that momentum and continue furthering this Council’s priorities in the last year of its term.”
Carbone agrees. “I feel the Township is in very good hands with the leadership team that’s in place – they are some of the most capable and collaborative people I’ve worked with and have been a big part of the Township’s evolution these past few years,” he continued. “The relationship between staff and Council is also one of the most professional and respectful I’ve experienced. It is an enviable position for the Township to be in when recruiting a new CAO.”
With his last day being in late February 2022, Carbone will have an opportunity to wrap up several key initiatives before he departs including the 2022 budget process and completion of the Verona Housing Master Plan – a precursor to future seniors and affordable housing development in the Township, according to the release.
“Council appreciates having this additional time to work with Neil to ensure a transition plan is in place before his departure,” said Mayor Vandewal. “Continuity and reassurance for our employees is very important when there is change at the top, so Council will want to identify appropriate interim leadership and discuss Council’s approach to the recruitment of a new CAO in the coming weeks.”
According to the Township, Council will be meeting shortly to determine what the interim leadership will look like and a separate announcement will go out once they do.
“It’s been a wonderful experience to serve as South Frontenac’s CAO,” added Carbone. “It’s a fantastic community and great organization. I’m privileged to have been part of such a great team.”
Municipal Council and staff want to wish Mr. Carbone the best in the next chapter of his career and thank him for his many contributions to the organization and the community.