Bob Ashley, new County of Kings CAO, believes his experience as Berwick’s chief administrator will be a great asset in making the transition. K. Starratt
By Kirk Starratt
A new job position being offered by the County of Kings will combine major duties of the former Manager of Protective Services position with administrative responsibilities.
County of Kings Chief Administrative Officer Bob Ashley said the municipality wants to modernize the position, updating it to meet current and near-term needs. He said they’re looking for someone with sufficient skills and knowledge to tackle major projects and assist the Chief Administrative Officer with the administrative workload.
The position will now be known as the Manager of Administrative Services and there will no longer be a Manager of Protective Services. The former Manager of Protective Services, Gary Smith, retired recently from the position.
“Right now there are many projects that are quite complex that are vying for my time,” Ashley said. These projects are beyond the capacity of existing staff.
Ashley said it isn’t uncommon for larger municipalities to have an assistant or deputy chief administrator. Ashley said they wanted to maintain some clarity so decided against using such a job title. However, the Manager of Administrative Services will report to the chief administrator, guide administrative services and support the chief administrator on specialized and complex assignments.
The primary activity occupying most of Ashley’s time is meetings, whether they’re with senior government, councillors, municipal agencies, community groups or members of the public. Ashley said he is often the only one within the municipality in a position to communicate a corporate perspective. The county could hire a new Manager of Protective Services but Ashley said this wouldn’t address the other challenges.
“We’re thinking about being frugal, too,” Ashley said about the reasoning behind combining job functions.
He said there would be a tight focus on certain duties, including coordinating Emergency Management Operations and working with police and fire service providers. Ashley said it’s important for the successful candidate to have at least a minimal understanding of protective services but it wouldn’t necessarily have to be a former police officer or firefighter.
“Our focus is turning more toward policy development and negotiating skills,” Ashley said.
The salary range for the position is $62,475 to $71,331.