The Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) has overall responsibility of all business affairs and delivery of services provided by the County of Hastings. Through a management team consisting of 6 department heads and the Deputy Clerk, the CAO ensures the efficient and effective operation of all departments of the County.
The CAO works closely with the Warden and County Council and coordinates, directs and broadly supervises the implementation of all programs approved by County Council. The CAO has the responsibility of coordinating and directing the preparation of plans and programs to be submitted to County Council for the development and improvement of County services, property and facilities.
The County of Hastings is a member of Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus Inc.(EOWC), a group which consists of 11 counties and the single tier municipalities of the City of Kawartha Lakes and Prince Edward County, representing some 900,000 property taxpayers across the region. The Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus is an advocate for Eastern Ontario in an effort to bring about positive change in the communities by making coordinated recommendations to both the Provincial and Federal governments. The CAO and Warden are both active members of this group and participate on committees and boards that work toward improvements in the development and improvement of the communities of Eastern Ontario.
For more information on EOWC Inc. and its initiatives and priorities please click here
County Council adopted the old strategic plan in May 2007 and with a new term of Council commencing it was time to review and revise the Strategic Plan for the Corporation. The new plan was drafted internally by department heads during the fall of 2010 and presented it to the new Council in January 2011 where Council enthusiastically endorsed it. The proposed new plan focuses on “supporting people and communities” recognizing our collective roles in making this our mission day in and day out. The Plan also incorporates some new and revised Core Values that each of our employees and elected officials are expected to embrace. We speak to those values in expressions we call our “We believe - We will” statements.
The Plan is easy to read, easy to understand and focused on results. In short, our job here at the County is to help people and communities thrive. This Plan is our collective road map to do so.
Hastings County operates to a very high standard of openness and transparency. To this end, we have appointed a Municipal Closed Meeting Investigator in accordance with Section 239 of the Municipal Act, to investigate in an independent manner whether the municipality has complied with the Municipal Act and our Procedural By-law in respect to a meeting that was closed to the public.
If an individual has a concern about business conducted during a closed meeting of Hastings County Council or its Committees, please refer to the attached Policies below:
To view the Municipal Closed Meeting Investigation Policy click here. To view the Municipal Investigation Complaint Form click here.