City Council Appoints New Chief Administrative Officer
August 25, 2015
After a thorough recruitment process, Sault Ste. Marie City Council has approved the appointment of Mr. Al Horsman to the position of Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). Mr. Horsman comes to Sault Ste. Marie from the City of Guelph, where he held the position of Deputy CAO.
"Mr. Horsman was selected for his broad and extensive municipal administrative experience, his track record of managing complex projects and his commitment to providing quality public services," says Mayor Christian Provenzano, who chaired the CAO Selection Committee. "We look forward to him joining our team at the City of Sault Ste. Marie and leading the administrative side of our organization."
Provenzano adds, "Our selection committee was determined to have a process that was fair and based on merit. I believe that we succeeded. Al's qualifications and credentials speak for themselves."
Mr. Horsman's professional experience includes senior managerial roles in both the municipal and provincial levels of government. As Chief Financial Officer and Deputy CAO of Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise Services at Guelph, he oversaw the municipality's capital and operating budgets. He was also responsible for infrastructure, planning and enterprise activities and he played a lead role in Guelph's downtown renewal and economic development efforts. He also served as a member and Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer for numerous arms-length organizations, including the municipal holding corporation that includes Guelph Hydro as a subsidiary.
Prior to working with Guelph, Mr. Horsman served as the CAO of the Municipality of Kawartha Lakes. His other past positions include Vice President of Project Development with Infrastructure Ontario, Acting Director/Senior Manager in the Municipal Finance Policy Branch of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and Senior Manager/Advisor with the Financial Planning Division of the City of Toronto.
"I am very happy to be joining the City of Sault Ste. Marie and I look forward to working with Council and our employees as we deliver on the priorities that the Mayor and Council have set for the City," says Mr. Horsman.
Mr. Horsman is a graduate of the University of British Columbia where he obtained a B.A. in Geography and Mathematics and an M.A. in Administration. He also holds a Masters of Environmental Studies degree from the University of Waterloo and has completed the Queens Executive Leadership program offered by Queens University.
The CAO Selection Committee was composed of Mayor Provenzano and Councillors Bruni, Myers, Romano and Shoemaker. The committee received support throughout the recruitment process from executive search firm Organization Consulting Limited.