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South Frontenac Township appoints interim Chief Administrative Officer

Photo by Tori Stafford.

At the the South Frontenac Municipal Council meeting, held on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, Louise Fragnito, current Director of Corporate Services and Treasurer, was appointed by Council to the role of Interim Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). This interim appointment will take effect Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022, and remain in place until a new CAO is hired later this year.

Current CAO, Neil Carbone remains with the Township until Feb. 25, 2022, at which time he will take on the role of Commissioner, Corporate Services for the City of Kingston.

Fragnito’s early appointment will allow for a period of overlap before Carbone’s departure, the Township said in a media release. During this time, Carbone will serve in an advisory and support capacity as Fragnito ramps up her activities in the role.

“Council felt it was important to ensure consistency during this transition period, as there are many important initiatives underway that we want to see progress before this term of Council ends in late 2022,” explained Mayor Ron Vandewal. “Having been a key part of the senior leadership team in South Frontenac for many years, Ms. Fragnito has the skills, experience and knowledge to hit the ground running and to keep those important initiatives on track.”

Having worked closely with Council, the past two CAOs, and the senior management team over the last 11 years, Fragnito has significant experience in the many facets of the Township’s business and operations, making her ideally suited to take on this role, according to the release. In recent years she has also served as Acting CAO on several occasions as part of the Township’s Acting CAO program, which provides senior staff with the opportunity to assume the role temporarily in the CAO’s absence.

“I look forward to this opportunity and am excited to continue working with Council and our extremely capable senior management team,” Fragnito explained. “My objective during this time is to support Council and staff so that we can all continue to focus on the important initiatives ongoing for the Township and provide seamless continuity of service for residents and the community.”

While Fragnito focuses on interim CAO duties, other internal staff will be appointed to acting roles, the Township stated. Stephanie Kuca, Deputy Treasurer will transition to Acting Director of Corporate Services and Kyle Griese, Financial Analyst, will transition to Acting Deputy Treasurer. A Financial Analyst will be hired on a contract basis to provide support to the treasury department during this period, according to the release.

“While there has been a greater focus on succession planning the past few years, we are lucky to have qualified individuals in our ranks that are willing to step up and take on these important roles,” said Mayor Vandewal. “We have full confidence in Louise Fragnito’s abilities to lead the organization during this period and look forward to working with her in this new capacity in 2022.”

In addition to this appointment, Council has also decided to begin recruitment for a new CAO immediately in the hope that the position can be filled during this term of Council, according to the release. In the coming weeks, Council will be selecting a recruitment firm to assist in a broad search to find a candidate that is the right fit for South Frontenac.

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