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Ex-Simcoe North candidate out as interim CAO of Wasaga Beach

Gerry Marshall, who also ran in the provincial election to represent Simcoe North, resigned abruptly to take CAO job in Wasaga Beach
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Gerry Marshall, shown during a debate in this summer's provincial election, is no longer employed as Wasaga Beach's interim CAO. Nathan Taylor/OrilliaMatters

The town of Wasaga Beach is without a chief administrative officer at the moment.

The town announced in a news release that interim CAO, Gerry Marshall, is “no longer with the municipality.”

Marshall took the job at Wasaga Beach town hall late August, and resigned suddenly from his then position as Mayor of Penetanguishene and long-time warden of Simcoe County Council; both were elected positions.

At the time, fellow members of county council expressed shock at his sudden departure.

Then Penetanguishene Deputy Mayor Anita Dubeau also said she was surprised Marshall was leaving so close to the Oct. 22 municipal election. Marshall had already filed his nomination papers to run for mayor of Penetanguishene again and his name remained on the ballot for the municipal election.

Marshall spent just shy of eight years as mayor of Penetanguishene. Douglas Leroux was elected mayor this year.

The Wasaga Beach CAO job initially became available when long-time CAO George Vadeboncoeur retired.

Today, the town sent out a press release thanking Marshall for “helping us out.”

“Gerry [Marshall] provided our organization with steady leadership during the municipal election period and in the weeks afterward leading up to the swearing in of our new council,” said Mayor Nina Bifolchi.

Many people will also recognize Marshall as he ran under the Liberal banner in the provincial election, losing the race in Simcoe North to Progressive Conservative Jill Dunlop. 

According to the press release, Wasaga Beach council will meet Thursday (Dec. 6) to consider how to proceed with filling the CAO position.


Erika Engel

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