Marshall out as Wasaga Beach CAO
AWARE News Network
The former Simcoe County warden has lost his job as interim CAO of Wasaga Beach.
Newly-installed Mayor Nina Bifolchi made the announcement today in a news release.
“Gerry joined us at the town towards the end of the last term of council when our long- term chief administrator retired,” Bifolchi said.
“On behalf of all council members and staff, I want to express our appreciation to Gerry for helping us out,” she added. “Gerry provided our organization with steady leadership during the municipal election period and in the weeks afterwards leading up to the swearing in of our new council.”
Marshall’s sudden departure in August from the political scene stunned his county colleagues when it was announced by then Wasaga Beach mayor Brian Smith after long-time CAO George Vadeboncoeur abruptly resigned.
Other candidates in the Penetanguishene municipal election were equally surprised at the news, which came after nominations had closed. Marshall did not campaign although his name remained on the ballot. He did state that he was interested in becoming the permanent CAO – but that was clearly not in the cards after Bifolchi won the election.
In fact, it was Vadeboncoeur – who successfully ran for election as councillor in Penetanguishene, where he lives – who officiated at Tuesday’s swearing-in of the new council.
In June, Marshall was the Simcoe North Liberal candidate, defeated by PC Jill Dunlop. In 2013, he was unsuccessful in seeking the New Democratic Party nomination in Simcoe North. His first attempt at public office was in 2010 when he won his first term as Penetanguishene mayor, defeating Anita Dubeau.
Wasaga Beach council will meet tomorrow to consider how to proceed with filling the CAO position.