Written by a representative for the Town of Bracebridge
The Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) John Sisson has announced his retirement from the Town of Bracebridge in July 2020, after 13 years of service with the municipality.
Mr. Sisson joined the Town of Bracebridge as CAO in June 2007, after working at the the City of Barrie in various roles since 1988.
“On behalf of Council and staff, I wish to thank Mr. Sisson for his tremendous work with the Town of Bracebridge and congratulate him on a municipal career that has been nothing short of outstanding. While John has always preferred to work behind the scenes, his body of knowledge and desire for excellence has left an indelible mark on Town operations and our entire community,” said Mayor Graydon Smith.
During his tenure in Bracebridge, Mr. Sisson has been instrumental in moving a vast number of important initiatives forward. Some highlights include the implementation of a Community-Based Strategic Plan, improving the accountability and transparency of municipal operations, acquisition of the Timber Mart property as well as long-term capital planning, including preparations to replace the Town’s 70-year-old Memorial Arena and 111-year-old Public Library with a new multi-use community centre.
Mr. Sisson stated, “It has been an honour to serve Council and the people of Bracebridge as the Town’s CAO. It has been my great privilege to work with an exceptionally dedicated and skilled senior management team and an outstanding group of committed, talented and hardworking municipal staff. Bracebridge is an amazing town and I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to live and work in such a terrific community.
“I look forward to working closely with Mayor Smith, members of Council and staff over the coming months on the multi-use community centre project and a wide variety of initiatives that will help develop a strong and sustainable community. I also look forward to supporting Council as needed to ensure a smooth transition to a new CAO for the Corporation.”
Mayor Smith added, “John has been a strong leader and a mentor for the administration, Councillors and his peers. On behalf of Council, staff and the residents of Bracebridge, I wish him all the best for the future.”
To ensure a seamless transition, Council will prioritize the recruitment of a new CAO over the coming months.