Wednesday, July 17, 2024
Gananoque’s new treasurer, John Morrison, centre, poses with Mayor John Beddows and new chief administrative officer Melanie Kirkby in front of Town Hall. – Submitted photo

John Morrison and his wife are moving to Westport, in order to be closer to their grandchildren.

And because of that, an opening for treasurer with the Town of Gananoque, which until recently had been under the care of new chief administrative officer Melanie Kirkby, was appealing to Morrison.

So, he applied and got the job.

Morrison, 65, started his position with the town about two weeks ago.

“I’m getting to know the lay of the land, how everything is organized,” said Morrison. “I was a municipal treasurer already, so I was able to hit the ground running, but I still have to understand how the Town of Gananoque is organized, as opposed to how I organized it back in Mapleton.”

Prior to joining Gananoque’s town staff, Morrison served as the finance director for Mapleton Township in Wellington County.

And before that, Morrison served 14 years with the City of Waterloo as the director of revenue.

“So, I was the tax guy,” he laughed.

Morrison describes the position of treasurer as being the person who provides stewardship and guidance over the assets the town currently has.

“I want to develop a stable environment,” said Morrison.

“There’s a lot of process to it all, complexity, so I need to make things as simple as they can so people can understand what direction we’re going in. I’m in the process right now of trying to provide the language the province speaks to municipalities. And I want to make it easy for council to understand because they’re the ones that have to make the hard decisions.”

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