March 6th, 2021

Details scarce in Taber CAO contract termination


By Cole Parkinson on January 21, 2021.

Further information of town council’s decision to terminate the contract of CAO Cory Armfelt are limited.
After town council voted 4-3 to terminate the contract of the CAO, Mayor Andrew Prokop spoke about the reason for lack of information as to why the CAO had been removed from his position.
“Really, it’s just more of a reiteration of what the press release was all about. That is accurate and is exactly what has occurred. Because it is a personnel matter, there really is nothing more I can dispose at this stage,” he explained to the Times.
The press release states the contract with CAO Cory Armfelt is terminated “Immediately.”
“This decision was not made lightly, but council shall now proceed with the process of finding a new CAO,” said Prokop in the release.
“I have no doubt that the staff of the Town of Taber are an exemplary group and will continue to do their utmost to serve the people of Taber in the interim. We thank the staff and the public for their patience and understanding during this time.”
In the meantime, Gary Scherer, director of engineering and public works, and John Orwa, director of finance, have been named interim CAOs.
“We thank Mr. Armfelt for his services to the Town of Taber and wish him well in his future endeavours,” continued Prokop in the release.
As far as a timeline for a new CAO for Taber, Prokop says it’s going to be some time until one is named.
“We haven’t even got to that stage right at the moment. That will be for future consideration and discussion that will need to occur,” he said.
“All I can confirm with you is he has been at our meetings electronically for the last several weeks.”
“I want to say the last three or four meetings.”

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