After a very public resignation of the Town of Harbour Grace’s most recent, but short-lived, chief administrative officer (CAO) in January, a new face has taken on the role.
Lisa Carroll stepped into the position in full force May 12.
The town has been without a permanent CAO since November 1, when Lester Forward, a town employee of more than three decades, retired.
Carroll, who cracked several jokes when she met with The Compass May 30, is originally from Newfoundland, and recently moved back from Alberta.
The decision to move her husband and teenage daughter from the farming town of Warner back to this province wasn’t difficult for her.
Carroll told The Compass her roots in Harbour Grace were something that helped influence her decision to apply for, and accept the job. Her father, Humphrey Pike, was raised in the town of some 3,200.
Before coming to Harbour Grace, Carroll was the CAO of her former town.
When asked how long she plans on staying in her new role, she laughed and replied, “Until I die.”
Carroll has already begun taking on the responsibilities of the role, including thoroughly reviewing the Municipalities Act and being active in town council meetings.
“We are very happy to have her on board,” Mayor Terry Barnes told The Compass. “She has a lot of ideas, and we look forward to working with her to implement them.”
Carroll explained she is, “absolutely thrilled and honoured to be back home,” with her family and friends. And with her previous experience, she is already working hard in the role and looks forward to her coming years as the town’s CAO.