RELEASE — At Council’s April 5, 2022 meeting, Louise Fragnito, Director of Corporate Services and Treasurer, was appointed to the role of Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), effective immediately. Ms. Fragnito was serving as the Interim CAO since February 1, 2022, while Council went through the recruitment process this past month.
“I know I speak for all of Council when I say we are thrilled to have Louise as our new Chief Administrative Officer for the Township of South Frontenac – she has been a pillar in this organization for over a decade now, especially when it comes to ensuring our financial sustainability,” said Mayor Ron Vandewal. “It was important for Council that we conducted a full recruitment process, but in the end, it was clear that we already had the right person for the role working in our ranks.”
Following Neil Carbone’s departure from the role in February, Council immediately began the search for a new CAO. Although Fragnito was appointed to the Interim role, Council began working with Waterhouse Executive Search to find suitable candidates. All of Council took part in the candidate review and interview process over the past several weeks, before offering the position to Fragnito.
“Council began this process with the goal of finding an individual that could hit the ground running, embrace South Frontenac’s vision, and keep key initiatives moving forward,” said Vandewal. “We also wanted to ensure that there was a permanent CAO in place prior to the municipal election later this fall,” explained Mayor Vandewal. “Having been a key part of the Township’s senior leadership team for many years, Ms. Fragnito has proven that she has the skills, experience and passion for the community that is needed to ensure South Frontenac continues to grow in a vibrant and sustainable way.”
Having worked with the Township in a senior leadership position since 2011, Ms. Fragnito is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and brings a wealth of knowledge in the areas of finance, IT, and human resources. Over the years she has played a significant role in developing strong financial sustainability for South Frontenac, while also working to balance increasing growth pressures that are being experienced throughout the organization and community.
“I am grateful for this opportunity and excited to continue working with Council and the rest of the South Frontenac team,” explained Louise Fragnito. “I have gained a wide range of knowledge and experience during my time with the Township, and I look forward to putting those skills to use in this role – there are many great initiatives on the horizon and I want staff and Council to know I am here to support and lead them along the way,” said Fragnito. “My focus moving forward is to continue the Township’s efforts in increasing community engagement, public communications, and providing a positive customer service experience for all residents and visitors.”
With over 16 years in the municipal sector, a variety of skills, and a great understanding of the Township’s various service areas, Louise has built a solid foundation that will serve her well as CAO. In addition to her experience, she has developed strong relationships with staff and Council during her time as Director of Corporate Services that will allow her to continue moving forward with Council’s vision for the future of South Frontenac.
“Louise’s analytical mind, kind nature, and tenure with the Township has earned her the respect of Council and her colleagues,” explained Vandewal. “We are both honoured and excited to have Louise lead this organization for years to come.”
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