MacDonald to become Amherst’s deputy CAO

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Part of reorganization of staff resources

AMHERST – Jason MacDonald is moving from his job as director of planning to become Amherst’s new deputy chief administrative officer.

The move is part of a reorganization of staffing resources at Amherst town hall that reflect a shift toward a performance development approach and better utilization of strengths within the organization to achieve results.

The changes are effective as of Jan. 1.

CAO Greg Herrett said part of the reasoning for the move is to place more emphasis on the performance development program so job descriptions are based on outcomes instead of lists of tasks. The goal is also to increase accountability.

“We’re changing things up in how we communicate to people what we want them to do and how we communicate how they’re doing. We’re taking an outcome-based focus and trying to do some performance measurement and performance management,” Herrett said. “What we’re doing is going to facilitate that.”

Herrett said the role of the CAO has changed and the expectation is the focus is more on strategic planning, “or the view from 20,000 or 30,000 feet.”

Along with that, he said, the town has evolved to the point there’s a significant responsibility at the senior level for operations and the town felt it’s important to create the deputy CAO position.

Under the change, MacDonald will be responsible for Public Works, the Amherst Water Utility, sewer. He will also become responsible for emergency and property services in April when fire chief Bill Crossman retires.

The fire chief will become the town’s safety compliance officer to deal with workplace safety issues within the town’s operation.

Recreation, Finance and Economic Development will remain the responsibility of Herrett.

The town is also eliminating a number of positions from its salary grid, including the vacant arts, culture and heritage co-ordinator, a recreation maintenance position and executive assistant corporate and executive assistant for Community and Economic Development.

The net result of the reorganization is reducing town staff by one position and saving approximately $20,000 in the first year.

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  • Curious
    December 20, 2013 - 20:24

    "The town is also eliminating a number of positions from its salary grid, including the vacant arts, culture and heritage co-ordinator, a recreation maintenance position and executive assistant corporate and executive assistant for Community and Economic Development. The net result of the reorganization is reducing town staff by one position and saving approximately $20,000 in the first year." So the town has taken away 4 jobs, yet only reduced staff by 1 person. And only saved 20,000. Meaning that 3 people have been shuffled to new positions, and someone got a nice raise, assuredly Mr MacDonald. I say a nice raise as 20,000 would be roughly half of an average town salary. So someone(s) gotten at least a 20,000 dollar raise. It seems to me like Herret may be forming a back up plan if the plans for the future do not go as they plan. A fall guy per say. The future in Amherst will be interesting, I just hope that town hall has the interests of the people in mind, not just themselves. We all know how town council feels about the issues, you only need to look at their large raises last year to see. If the town is in a deficit, why don't we cut a Councillor or two, or better yet, a CAO and let the mayor and council earn their money? Instead, the town adds yet another layer to the paperwork with this new position, taking a man off the bottom and pushing his work onto the rest of the staff.