Questions about new CAO raised in Cumberland

The selection process and salary of Cumberland's new chief administrative officer was raised Tuesday.

Incumbent Cumberland councillors Gwyn Sproule and Kate Greening were questioned at Tuesday’s all-candidates forum about the selection process and salary of Cumberland’s new chief administrative officer, Sundance Topham.

Along with Greening and Sproule, the selection committee consisted of fellow councillor/incoming mayor Leslie Baird and a consultant. Coun. Bronco Moncrief chose not to be included.

The committee interviewed shortlisted candidates from 48 applicants to replace departed CAO Anja Nurvo.

Despite Topham’s relatively young age, Greening said his quick responses to questions played a factor in his unanimous selection.

“He came out way on top,” Sproule said, referring to the committee’s scoring process.

As for salary, Greening said, “He’s cheaper than the last few (CAOs).”

Nurvo earned $108,736 a year.

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