Why Finding a New CAO Will Cost $33,000

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Sault Ste. Marie taxpayers will spend $33,000 to find a new CAO for the city of Sault Ste. Marie.

Council is expected to approve that amount when it hires the services of Feldman Daxon, a search consultant firm who will narrow down a short-list of potential candidates for the City’s top job.

CAO Malcolm White announced his intention to retire in May 2023, with an anticipated retirement date of January 31, 2024.

In June 2023, Council appointed a CAO Selection Committee comprising of Mayor Shoemaker and Councillors Caputo and Bruni.

The CAO Selection Committee met on June 28, 2023 to lay out an expected timeline for the recruitment of a new CAO. It was decided, at their initial meeting, that a search consultant should be engaged to assist in the recruitment process. The City issued an RFP through the purchasing department . The City of Sault Ste. Marie received 12 proposals in response to the RFP, and those proposals were vetted and scored by
Staff, comprising of the Manager of Purchasing, the Director of Human Resources, the City Clerk and the Deputy City Clerk. The proposals were also vetted and scored by the CAO Selection Committee.

Feldman Daxon’s proposed fee is $33,000 + HST. While not the deciding factor in recommending them, their fee was the third lowest of the 12 proposals. The average proposed fee within the 12 proposals was $44,500. said the report to council.

City staff is recommending in hiring Feldman Daxon. They propose a candidate search that will result in an appointment of a new CAO by December of 2023 or January of 2024, which is in line with the anticipated retirement date of CAO White.


  • Craig Huckerby

    Craig Huckerby is a seasoned broadcast and media professional with over 43 years in local media. Starting in television, Craig became known as "the weather guy" on local television before pioneering internet media in the Sault. Craig is credited for bringing local television back to the Sault via the internet in 2003 with LTVNEWS.COM and was instrumental in launching SooNews.ca and Local2.ca. Craig has also won numerous International Film awards for director of the documentary, "Was I Next?, The Sean Cribbin Story"

4 thoughts on “Why Finding a New CAO Will Cost $33,000

  1. How helpless are these people?, they are not capable of hiring a new person on their own?, preferably someone local. There has to be someone that qualifies for the job. More irresponsible squandering of taxpayer funds.

      1. I am a retiree after 40 long years on the job. YOU should keep your pie hole closed and be thought to be an imbecile rather than opening it and removing all doubt. Someday you should try to remove yourself from Mommy’s basement and get a life.

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