Hot on the heels of the recent resignation of Clerk Kari Stevenson, the Municipality of Trent Lakes has been dealt another blow. CAO Peter Avgoustis, who was hired only last August, has resigned. Mayor Janet Clarkson released this statement, “Mr. Peter Avgoustis, Chief Administrative Officer for the Municipality of Trent Lakes has tendered his resignation effective July 2, 2019 to pursue his personal and career goals elsewhere.”

The statement went on to say, “On behalf of Council, the Mayor thanked Mr. Avgoustis for his service to the municipality and advised that Council is unanimous in wishing Mr. Avgoustis best wishes in his future endeavours.”

When Avgoustis was hired in August, 2018, then Mayor Bev Matthews said, “Peter is an excellent choice as the CAO. He has the unique experience of working in large cities and a rural municipality. We look forward to utilizing his strong leadership and management skills along with his experience, knowledge and energy.”

At the time, Avgoustis said, “I am honoured for the opportunity and look forward to working with all township employees and Council for the residents of Trent Lakes.”

The official statement from the municipality indicates that “in the interim, Council intends to appoint an acting Chief Administrative Officer.” We have asked Mayor Clarkson when she expects to have an acting CAO in place.

Taxpayers should be asking what’s going on at Trent Lakes Council. And, if this is just another in the line of resignations, who's next to abandon ship?