Doug Nadorozny, the former chief administrative officer in Greater Sudbury who was let go earlier this year, has a new job.
Beginning next month, Nadorozny will begin work as CAO of Aurora, a community of about 53,000 in York Region near Toronto.
“Mayor (Geoffrey) Dawe and council are pleased to announce the appointment of Doug Nadorozny as the Town of Aurora’s new chief administrative officer beginning in January 2016,” the town said in a news release. “Following a nation-wide search, Mr. Nadorozny was unanimously selected by council.”
"Doug Nadorozny has a wealth of experience both in the private sector and as a CAO," Dawe said in the release. “He brings a business perspective to delivery of public services, and we look forward to his leadership of our talented staff in delivering on the programs and policies of council.”
Nadorozny will make $200,000 under the terms of his contract.
He began working for Greater Sudbury in 1999, and became the city's CAO in 2009. Nadorozny was general manager of growth and development when the Sudbury Transit ticket scandal took place. In that case, a contractor responsible for selling bus tickets failed to turn over the revenue to the city. Despite accumulating an arrears as high as $1 million, the contract was renewed several times. The city managed to recover much of the money, but is still out about $500,000.
No one was charged criminally in connection with the scandal. Details of a new investigation into what happened are expected to be released in the New Year.
Nadorozny was also tied to the controversial decision to purchase the new transit garage on Lorne Street in 2010 for $4.9 million. While early estimates pegged renovations at around $15 million, costs came in at $23.5 million.
More controversy erupted after he left the city. Bob Johnston, who engineered a huge turnaround at the Greater Sudbury Airport as CEO, was Mayor Brian Bigger's choice as interim CAO until a permanent replacement was found.
But Johnston was let go in late September and later went public with numerous issues at city hall, calling it the most “toxic” work environment he had ever witnessed and said political interference and micromanaging were huge problems.
The search for a new CAO is reportedly nearly complete with an announcement expected early in the new year.
In the release, Nadorozny said he was looking forward to the new challenge.
"Aurora has an excellent reputation in the municipal sector and I look forward to joining the dynamic town in the New Year," Nadorozny is quoted as saying.
He officially begins his new job Jan. 11, 2016.