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CAO Schlange quits again

Two weeks after a new director of planning for the Town of Fort Erie was installed, the hunt will soon begin for a chief administrative officer.

Harry Schlange (rhymes with dang) will leave the post he held for the past five years to take on a position with a non-profit provider of laboratory services for Ottawa-area hospitals.

It’s Schlange’s second time through the exit door in Fort Erie. He left a short time after he was hired in 2005 but was hired back in February 2006.

His departure is the second of a top director at the Town after Rino Mostacci left in April to take a position with the Town of Markham. Rick Brady, who was hired originally as senior planner under Mostacci, was chosen for the director’s job two weeks ago.

Schlange denied his decision has anything to do with how council has been conducting itself.

The St. Catharines native cited the recent passing of his mother to enable him to move on with his wife to the city where they met and he attended university.

A special meeting of council was scheduled Thursday at noon to officially inform councillors, but only Stephen Passero and Mayor Doug Martin showed up. The announcement was made shortly after the meeting was cancelled because there was no quorum.

Martin said council is expected to start the process to search for a new CAO at the next meeting to be held Aug. 8, and an interim chief likely appointed shortly after.

Schlange’s last day will be Aug. 25.

Among the Town’s directors, Ron Tripp is now senior, having joined staff in 2005.

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