The City of Sarnia has hired its new Chief Administrative Officer. Chris Carter, whose most recent position was Deputy CAO with Niagara Region, will begin his new role in Sarnia on April 1.
Before joining Niagara Region (a “second tier” municipality similar in structure to Lambton County), Carter was CAO with the Township of West Lincoln, one of 12 municipalities in Niagara Region.
He has also worked at the City of Selkirk (Manitoba) and the Township of Oro-Medonte, located just north of Barrie.
Jim Crawford, Sarnia’s corporate manager of Human Resources, told the St. Catharines Standard newspaper that there were no concerns related to a lawsuit filed by Carter against the Niagara Region, which dismissed him without cause late last year. Carter’s legal action alleges a breach of contract and wrongful dismissal.
“We have no problem with Chris Carter’s ethics or integrity,” Crawford told the newspaper. “It is easy to go back and play armchair quarterback and say ‘this was illegal’ or ‘that was illegal.’ But even the Ombudsman said the situation was chaotic.”
Carter is a native of Richmond Hill, part of the Greater Toronto Area.