The news has been out of a few days and it is true; our CAO has resigned. I want to say upfront that I think very highly of Tully Clifford and I have been constantly impressed by his efforts. I will miss working with him and I shall hazard a guess that all of council shares this sentiment. I have had many good people working with and for me over the years and Tully ranks as one of the best. In my opinion council has a very good relationship with Tully and he is well respected by staff. Rightly so – he is a solid leader.
Tully is leaving for personal reasons and will relocate back to the USA. I have heard many unfounded rumours out there but if there are other reasons for his resignation he has not shared them. As I have from day 1, I will take him at his word. If anyone need further details or wants to hear it from the horse’s mouth, I suggest they give the office a call at 403-562-8833 and ask to speak with him. Perhaps everyone can call and tell him how important it is that he stays in Crowsnest Pass.
I do see this as a setback for 2011 and it could take several months to fill this position. Although Tully will be sorely missed, I have learned over the years that staff come and go and we will find another good person soon enough.