District CAO Michael Duben Appointed President Of Ontario Municipal Administrators’ Association

The Ontario Municipal Administrators’ Association (OMAA) is pleased to announce the appointment of District Municipality of Muskoka Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Michael Duben, as its new OMAA Board President.

“I look forward to my role as President of OMAA and in particular the opportunity to continue to grow our membership and raise awareness of  the role of the municipal CAO in Ontario communities,” said Michael Duben. “The Association has great potential to further the profession itself and the professional network for municipal executives.”

In the short time Mr. Duben has been with the District of Muskoka, he has led completion of numerous service and operational review recommendations, creation of a Continuous Improvement Unit focused on corporate projects and strategic initiatives, and the transition of paramedic services from a private sector contractor to the District.   He has dedicated most of his adult life to the service of others and community, through his employment in the public, private, and regulatory sectors, and in his local and global volunteer work

“Michael’s leadership and passion for progressive municipal management will well serve OMAA’s goals and priorities,” said John Klinck, Chair of the District Municipality of Muskoka.  “This is also a great opportunity to share Muskoka’s perspective at a provincial level.”

The Ontario Municipal Administrators Association membership is comprised of CAOs, city managers and other individuals who exercise all-encompassing management responsibilities for Ontario municipalities.  The members of OMAA provide professional management for municipalities thereby supporting the concept of effective and efficient local government. OMAA strives to provide its members with professional development that supports leadership, innovation and continuous improvement in municipal administration throughout Ontario.


  1. Unelected self-serving staff, like Duben, run Muskoka. Not gullible, elected councillors. They only serve the interests of the District, not residents. Duben and Stevens recommended the District keep almost all of $300,000 taken in a multi-year tax error from 198 properties in Gravenhurst. See document CES-13-2016-4 on muskokacivicweb.

    Duben blamed residents!!! for not noticing the District’s tax error. Staff was only going to refund 1 year of an 11 year error and then only to 3 residents that noticed the District’s error and complained. Not all 198 properties they knew they owed money to.

    Duben and Stevens were scolded by the deputy chair and a mayor for trying to “get away with” keeping the money that didn’t belong to them. Worst group of people we have ever come across.

    Scolding videos are here: Google “Oppose Bracebridge Sewers” for the website and scroll down a bit.


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