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Township of Essa Administration Centre

5786 County Road 21 | Utopia, ON L0M 1T0

Phone: 705-424-9770 Fax: 705-424-2367

Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

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​CAO's Department

The Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) is the individual appointed by Council as the senior official of the Township responsible for providing strategic vision and effective leadership to the whole organization, and is the administrative representative to the community.  As well, the CAO is responsible for making recommendations to Council on a broad range of policies, strategic and administrative issues, and for ensuring that Council’s directions and decisions are effectively operationalized.

The Office of the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) is primarily responsible for directing the overall planning, coordination and control of all municipal operations in accordance with the objectives, policies and plans approved by Council and relevant legislation.  The CAO is accountable for effective utilization of the corporation’s financial, physical and human resources in the delivery of services to the Township’s residents and businesses in a manner that is consistent with the service standards that have been approved within the annual budgets.

The CAO oversees the day-to-day operations of the Township through seven separate departments, and coordinates the administrative interaction with various operating agencies.  Responsibilities include recommending the Current and Capital Budgets, approving items for Council agenda, and dealing with personnel matters. The CAO implements administrative direction for major projects that involve several departments, as well as other such duties that Council may require.