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Peterborough County appoints Troy Speck as CAO
August 25, 2017
BY TERRY GILLIS
Peterborough County has appointed Troy Speck to the position of Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the County replacing CAO Gary King who announced he would retire on December 31, 2017. King spent 13 years of his 35-year municipal career as the CAO and deputy clerk of the county.
Troy was the CAO for Elliot Lake before moving to southern Ontario where he spent 4 years with the City of Kitchener as the General Manager, Corporate Services Dept. and led a 300 person department comprised of Legal Services, By-Law Enforcement, Legislated Services, Information Technology, Facilities Management and Office of the Mayor & Council support services. Speck served as CAO for the Town of The Blue Mountains since 2011.
Four years ago, Speck’s name came to the attention of the public when he testified at the inquiry into the 2012 Elliot Lake mall collapse in which two people died.
The commission was examining documents to determine if council or staff knew of any breaches in the integrity of the structure prior to the collapse.
Speck told the commission that personnel had held private meetings at the request of the mayor to discuss community matters including a potential leak in the Elliot Lake library (which was located in the mall.) Speck revealed that the public had not been invited to attend these meetings.
During his tenure in the City of Elliot Lake in the early 2000s, Speck led the transition of the City’s policing service from a municipal force to the OPP, aided in the establishment of the first new residential waterfront development program in the area, and helped annual business plans to link resources to the goals of the strategic plan.
Speck has served on the Board of Directors with the Blue Mountain Village Foundation, Elliot Lake Non-Profit Housing Corporation and White Mountain Academy of the Arts.
In the County’s press release it states the Speck is keen on partnership and relationship development, has a strong commitment to teamwork and employee development, and is known as being an analytical thinker whose decisions are well crafted, defendable and fair, and brings well-developed negotiation skills to the various tables at which he sits.
According to their press release, County Council undertook an extensive recruitment process for the position that attracted the interest of over 100 candidates. “We are confident that Troy will be an effective leader in delivering on the County’s strategic vision and mission for the residents that we serve”, stated County Warden, Joe Taylor.
Speck has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from the University of Western Ontario and is pursuing the Master of Public Administration program with the University of Western Ontario.
Speck will begin his role as the new CAO with Peterborough County on September 25, 2017.