Norfolk County is heading in a new direction with the appointment of experienced municipal leader Harry Schlange as interim CAO.

Schlange has more than 25 years of experience in both the private and public sectors, most recently as CAO for Brampton and Niagara Region.

He joins a corporation on the cusp of change after an election which saw seven (of nine) new councillors sent to Town Hall.

“Interest in municipal politics is at an all-time high in Norfolk County, and residents have spoken loud and clear in favour of change,” says Mayor Kristal Chopp. “Schlange is just the kind of authentic leader we need to help deliver that change and modernize the corporation.”

Chopp says she’s confident Schlange’s skills will help take Norfolk County to the next level.

“We know we are competing for talent, ideas and innovation,” she says. “He understands how communities like ours need to differentiate themselves and eliminate any and all barriers to progress. That’s what makes him the right leader for this community.”

Schlange will oversee approximately 1,100 full- and part-time County employees.

The appointment is effective Monday, April 8.