Hastings Highlands is receiving national recognition for its Succession Planning Program.
The municipality was presented with the 2021 Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators Professional Development Award, in the under 20,000 population category, during a virtual Awards of Excellence Ceremony.
CAO David Stewart says the program addresses a significant staffing crisis in Hastings Highlands and identifies existing employees with the potential to fill key leadership positions.
“I was saying yesterday that for a small-growing community, we continue to do great things in Hastings Highlands, and this latest national achievement is just an example of all the hard work and teamwork that goes into our organization,” Stewart said.
The program reinforces that employees are critical assets and recognizes them as investments in the municipality’s future.
Stewart says it has been documented into a formal guidebook, which features the best practices according to Hastings Highlands.
He says it’s their hope that the program will be used as a blueprint by other municipalities to get started with implementing succession planning.
“There’s a lot of demand for these key leadership positions in organizations with such a small supply,” Stewart said. “So, we’re looking to not only build capacity in our organization but the entire sector.”
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