Former Corner Brook CAO offered top post in Truro

Harry Sullivan
Published on August 25, 2014
Mike Dolter
Geraldine Brophy

Mike Dolter still in negotiations with Nova Scotia town

A former CAO with the City of Corner Brook has been offered the top administrative position with the Town of Truro, N.S.

“An offer has been made,” Mayor Bill Mills said. “And we are still negotiating on a few other items. So to say it is official is not quite accurate.”

Mike Dolter, who served as the chief administrative officer of Corner Brook for more than nine years, has been offered the position to replace outgoing town CAO Jim Langille.

Council is expected to make its final decision on Sept. 8. The mayor said more than 50 applications were received for the job, including some from all over Canada and as far away as South America and the mid-East.

Dolter began his role as CAO in Corner Brook in January 2005. On May 30, he was placed on administrative leave and then on June 9, he was officially fired by the city.

His termination was listed as “without cause” and he was issued severance pay totaling $123,584.94. Dolter’s annual salary at the time of his departure was $139,907.02.

The salary range for Truro’s CAO is between $130,000 and $140,000.

Mills said council was satisfied with Dolter’s explanation for the reason behind his departure and after interviewing seven of his references about his accomplishments with the City of Corner Brook, he is confident that Truro will be well served by the decision, should the offer be accepted.

“In business and other things it’s not uncommon for people to get into a personality conflict or a position conflict or whatever,” Mills said. “There was an issue and that was discussed at great length during the interview process. And the best of my understanding it was without cause. Having been around politics for a number of years, CAOs to some degrees in parts of the country are like an endangered species. They come and they go.”