After a thorough recruitment and selection process, Norfolk County Council has announced Al Meneses will take office as the County’s new Chief Administrative Officer starting September 20, 2021. Meneses’ hiring coincides with the departure of former CAO Jason Burgess, whose last day with Norfolk was July 23.
Meneses is currently chief administrative officer at the Township of Georgian Bluffs and comes to Norfolk County with over 30 years of combined experience in both public and private sectors. An accomplished municipal manager, Meneses has held leadership positions in business and financial planning, real estate and community services with the City of Brampton and the City of Vaughan.
Meneses holds a Masters of Business Administration, Masters Certificate in Municipal Leadership and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and has pursued continuing studies in project management and leadership.
“We are excited to welcome Al to Norfolk County and look forward to working with him in September. He has the right professional profile to lead our administration and brings strong leadership, business expertise and an impressive track record of municipal experience to the team,” said Norfolk County Mayor Kristal Chopp.
“We are very fortunate to have had Jason Burgess at the helm as our CAO since 2020, as he has helped us overcome significant challenges and forge a new path towards success. We are in a much better position than we were 2 years ago thanks to Jason’s knowledge and leadership, and I have no doubt Al will keep this positive momentum going,” Chopp added.
“I am honoured and humbled that Council has selected me to become part of the team to lead Norfolk into the future,” said Meneses. “I look forward to building on the impressive leadership currently in place and collaborating with Council, staff, residents, and business owners to meet the community’s long-term aspirations.”
Until Meneses is onboarded, Shelley Darlington – Norfolk’s current general manager of corporate services – will take on the role of acting CAO. Darlington’s career with the County spans over 25 years, starting with the former Township of Delhi.