Carleton Place is welcoming a new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) to replace the outgoing CAO Paul Knowles.
“It’s a special night,” Mayor Louis Antonakos said on April 25 as he introduced Mark Jensen, the town’s new CAO. Jensen has spent the past 16 years as the director of community and development services with the City of Timmins, Ont. “Mark has taken time from his current employer to visit us, and we look forward to working with you to advance all of the things that are important for our residents,” Antonakos added.
It’s a homecoming of sorts for Jensen, who previously worked in Perth as the manager of planning and economic development and as planner/secretary-treasurer of the Lanark County land division. He arrives in Carleton Place with a hefty set of credentials, including a public administration diploma from the University of Western Ontario, an economic development certificate and diploma from University of Waterloo, a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from Queen’s, and a bachelor of arts from University of Guelph.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to lead a municipal team, and as my career has progressed, I couldn’t think of a better place to do it than Carleton Place,” Jensen said. “I’m certainly looking forward to the challenges and opportunities, and my family and I are anxious to move back home to work with the mayor, council, administration, public, and key stakeholders to make Carleton Place an even better place to live, work and play. I look forward to doing some very good things with the town.”
Jensen’s hiring concludes a process that begun last fall when Antonakos and councillors Brian Doucett and Ross Trimble undertook a cross-Canada recruitment process in tandem with the executive search firm Ravenhill Group.