Media Release - Township of Muskoka Lakes CAO Announces Retirement Plans

Media Release
For Immediate Release

January 18, 2019

Township of Muskoka Lakes CAO Announces Retirement Plans

MUSKOKA LAKES – Township of Muskoka Lakes CAO Steve McDonald has advised Mayor Harding and Council that he will be retiring effective April 30, 2019. “I have made several stops throughout my thirty-seven years in municipal government, and although it sounds cliché, I definitely saved the best for last. My time in Muskoka Lakes has been a highlight of my career”, states McDonald. McDonald began his position of CAO at the Township of Muskoka Lakes in September of 2015, replacing Interim CAO Clayton Harris.

McDonald leaves his career in municipal government with mixed emotions. “I am sad to leave, but excited to give back to my wife and children where I couldn’t be there in the past due to meetings and work obligations”, says McDonald. McDonald acknowledges that he could not have had a better group of colleagues to work with in Muskoka Lakes. “Muskoka Lakes is blessed with an amazing staff”, says McDonald. “As I said to Mayor Harding in my notification, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the incredible staff who provide the services that our residents rely on every day.”

“Mr. McDonald’s departure is obviously a loss for the Township. Personally I would like to thank Mr. McDonald for remaining as CAO for the past two years (beyond his retirement age), as well as his three months-notice to ensure no gap in management of the staff,” says Mayor Harding. “Both of these decisions show his respect for the Township, his love of Muskoka and appreciation for the new council allowing time to fill this position.”

Fire Chief Richard Hayes announced in December that he would be moving on from his position with the Township of Muskoka Lakes. Hayes provided notice that he will be moving into a new position with the London Fire Department as Deputy Fire Chief of Operations. “This new position allows me to be closer to my children and grandchildren who reside in the London area”, says Hayes.  

“Chief Hayes resignation is one that will leave a big hole in our fire department,” says Mayor Harding. “Over his time at Muskoka Lakes, Chief Hayes ensured all Muskoka Lakes Fire Fighters were adequately trained with not only accreditation and certification, but also professionalism that was second to none. Chief Hayes has put in place systems and processes that will ensure the long-term safety of our firefighters as well as the ultimate protection of our residents.”

“I would like to thank both Chief Hayes and CAO McDonald for their dedication to Muskoka Lakes and wish them success in both a new venture and a well-deserved retirement,” says Mayor Harding.

The Township will begin to fill the vacant positions effective immediately. 

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