The Town of Amherstburg has appointed an experienced municipal leader with a law degree and more than 20 years of public sector experience as its Interim Director, Legislative Services & Clerk.
Valerie Critchley started her stint with the Town this morning and I was happy she reached out to connect with myself and fellow councillors ahead of her first Council meeting next week. She replaces long-time clerk Paula Parker, who moved on to accept a job as Clerk in Kingsville.
Critchley most recently served as City Clerk/Licence Commissioner and Corporate Leader for Public Engagement & Human Services for the City of Windsor. She served in that role for 11 years, with responsibility for Council Services, Communications & Customer Service, Gaming, Policy, Licensing & By-Law Enforcement as well as Human Resources and Employee Relations, said a news release issued by The Town.
Prior to that she worked for the city as Legal Counsel, Acting Director of Legal Services, Manager of Purchasing & Risk Management, and Executive Director of Council Services/City Clerk.
She holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario, an LL. B from the University of British Columbia and is a member in good standing of the Law Society of Ontario.
Council last week agreed to enter into an agreement with Boyden Global Executive Search for an amount not to exceed $37,000 plus HST to conduct a search for a new, permanent CAO.