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Cummings serves final week as city’s CAO

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.

By Michael Christianson

City Treasurer and CAO John Cummings will serve his last day the city for the last time this week.

Cummings will be moving back to Southern Ontario to be closer to his family.

“It’s been a great opportunity,” said Cummings. “When I first joined over a year ago now I was attracted by the fact that there was some work to do on the financial side. It intrigued me to come back to the north, I’ve lived here before. It’s been an honour serving the city of Dryden. I’ve had a great working relationship with every member of council and that helped me do what I need to do and I think I had council’s full support in what I had to do. It’s been a very good experience and certainly something I can take back south with me.”

Cummings says he has been working with the new Mayor Greg Wilson on bridge issues to help with the transition. He says the capital budget will be put before council and the operating budget will follow at a later date. 

New CAO named

On Monday, December 14, 2015 Ms. Peggy Van Mierlo-West will join the City of Dryden as the new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). The City has been without a full time CAO since the end of 2014 with Treasurer John Cummings assuming the CAO duties since then.

Ms. Van Mierlo-West stated, “I look forward to working with the Mayor, Council and Senior Management Team for the City of Dryden. This is an exciting time and I am happy to be part of it.”

Mayor Greg Wilson commented, “We want to be in the business of turning problems into opportunities and this is a long-awaited step in that direction. We are about to embark on the next chapter of leadership at both the Council and Senior Administration levels heading into 2016 and I look forward to welcoming Ms. Van Mierlo-West to this vital team position.”

The CAO reports directly to Council and provides leadership to City of Dryden staff. The position also builds and maintains key relationships with other levels of government as well as with external partners.

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