Fort Frances CAO Bill Naturkach was named president of the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario at its annual general meeting June 17.
Naturkach was elected vice-president of the association last year, with the support of Fort Frances mayor and council. From that position, he was appointed to the top spot for this year.
“I see it as an honour, yes, but it’s certainly a challenge as well,” Naturkach said yesterday, noting it will mean more meetings (the management board meets monthly while the board itself meets quarterly).
The group’s mandate is to provide education and training on legislative changes--something crucial in such a time of transition.
While the association isn’t a political lobby group, it lobbies to foster excellence in local government, he added.
Its annual operating budget is $1 million, with a staff of five.
Naturkach first started with the town 30 years ago as tax collector. He also relieved for the positions of storeskeeper, meter reader, building inspector and public works secretary.
He then advanced through the positions of chief accountant, deputy clerk, and clerk/deputy CAO, and has held the CAO title for 10 years.
“I’ve enjoyed them all but I particularly enjoy the challenge of the massive changes municipal government is undergoing today,” he noted.
He’s also served on the Rainy River District Housing Authority, Zone 9 AMMCTO executive, and Toastmasters, and currently serves on the Confederation College Advisory Committee here and the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association.