Lanark Highlands council passed a by-law at its regular meeting Tuesday evening to hire Ryan Morton as the township’s new Chief Administrative Officer/Clerk, effective May 13.
“We are very pleased to welcome Mr. Morton to the Lanark Highlands team and look forward to working with him,” said Reeve Peter McLaren. “He has a great deal of senior management and public works experience in local municipalities that promises to be a great asset to our community.”
Morton brings more than 11 years of senior municipal management experience to Lanark Highlands, along with communication, motivation and leadership skills. He has intensive training in leadership and program evaluation from York University, which will provide the ability to create a reciprocal method for staff and council to see how the township is performing in relation to its strategic plan on a regular basis.
His most recent position was with the Township of North Glengarry as Director of Public Works, and he served in that role with Gananoque as well, which has provided a great deal of senior management experience while overseeing multi-million dollar projects and budgets. In addition to a track record of achieving cost savings for municipalities, he has experience with labour negotiations, public relations/corporate communications, policy development, liaising with various levels of government, governance structures, relevant legislation and emergency management systems.
Morton has professional designations from the American Academy of Project Management in Master Project Manager and Certified International Project Manager. He served as director, president and past president on the board of the Eastern Ontario Water Works Association and as chair of the governmental affairs committee for the Ontario Water Work Association. He graduated from the York University Sulich School of Business with a Masters Certificate in Municipal Leadership, Essential Skills for Municipal Managers, Achieving Operational Excellence and Public Sector Advancements (Organizational).
“I’m very excited to be joining the Township of Lanark Highlands,” Morton said. “I feel this is an opportunity for me to make a lasting contribution to a municipality that has been making strides in a positive direction, with a council and staff team that is aligned and motivated to continue down the road of success.”
“On behalf of council, I would like to recognize the hard work and dedication of staff for their contributions to the township during the transition period, and to Acting Clerk Cynthia Moyle for her guidance and experience,” Reeve McLaren added.