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Second city Chief Building Officer in three years is gone

Tulloch Engineering will look after Jeff Truman's duties
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Jeff Truman has become the second Elliot Lake Chief Building Officer to leave the city's employ in three years.

Elliot Lake Chief Administrative Officer Daniel Gagnon announced Truman's departure as of last Monday.

"Effective Monday, June 20, Mr. Jeff Truman is no longer employed with the City of Elliot Lake. The city wishes him well in his future endeavours," wrote Gagnon.

Truman was hired to run the Building Department last January.

"In the interim, building services are being conducted by Tulloch Engineering while the city seeks to fill the Chief Building Officer position and/or other related Building Department roles," he added.

Truman, an Elliot Lake native, had taken the Chief Building Officer position as a replacement for Leo Chaloux, formerly of Sudbury, who left the city after less than a year in the job in late 2019. 

Truman had previously worked as a professional engineer for several decades in business for himself in Toronto.

Prior to Truman’s hiring, the council took Gagnon’s advice to spend $22,000 to hire a firm to find Chaloux's replacement. 

At that time Gagnon wrote it was expected to be challenging to hire the next Chief Building Officer.

"Attempts to advertise and recruit for the position in late 2019 and early 2020 were wholly unsuccessful," Gagnon wrote. "Recruitment for senior positions in municipalities in Ontario is becoming increasingly challenging and is even more acute in northeastern Ontario and Elliot Lake in particular."

"Building inspectors and the like are also market-sensitive positions in high demand due to the ever-increasing complexity of the Ontario Building Code and the education and courses needed to keep up," Gagnon concluded. 


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