The search for a new chief administrative officer has so frustrated Mayor Doug Martin that he withdrew from town council’s recruitment committee Tuesday.
This followed a special closed session of council Monday night when councillors learned the top candidate in the latest search refused to accept the job and council voted 4-3 to keep looking.
Also in that meeting, Councillor Stephen Passero’s motion to offer the job to someone else was defeated.
It is believed the someone else is Ron Tripp who has been the acting-CAO for nearly a year and a half after Harry Schlange left the post to take a job elsewhere.
It’s also the second time Tripp was passed over in a 4-3 vote.
The four councillors are Bob Steckley, John Hill, Don Lubberts and Paul Collard.
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