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Cobalt hires interim CAO

David King will oversee the town’s affairs until a permanent CAO is found.
David King has been named interim CAO for the Town of Cobalt. (Supplied photo)

David King has been named interim chief administrative officer (CAO) for the Town of Cobalt. The community made the announcement on Aug. 16.

King is from Sudbury, where he worked previously with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. In 2016, David established MAS Municipal Advisory Services to assist Northern and rural municipalities navigate the senior levels of government and keep pace with the multitude of legislative, policy and reporting requirements.

King replaces Michelle Larose, who left Cobalt in July to accept the position of CAO with the Municipality of Sioux Lookout.

King will be responsible for the town’s day-to-day operations, serve as the primary advisor to council, and lead the recruitment of a new senior manager for the town.

Located in the Timiskaming District, Cobalt is best known as the site of Northern Ontario’s famed silver rush, which began in 1904 and produced 460 million ounces of silver over several decades. It is now once again piquing interest amongst mining companies looking seeking to develop deposits of cobalt, a prized metal in high-tech applications.

The Town of Cobalt is currently gearing up for its inaugural Green Mining Conference, being held this September.