MULGRAVE: The Town of Mulgrave will see a changing of the guard at the top of its administration with the announcement that CAO Jim Davis is stepping down.

Davis, who took on the role as Chief Administrative Officer just under one year ago, will remain with the municipality until a new CAO is appointed and then will assist with the town’s finances until the end of April.

“I’m retiring from my CAO position as I turned 65 on November 2,” Davis told The Reporter last Tuesday. “I was ready for retirement, or a semi-retirement as it had gotten to [be] more than I realized, doing both jobs of CAO and finance director.”

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The announcement was made by Ralph Hadley, the town’s mayor, during November’s regular town council meeting on November 5.

“The only thing I can say is that it was busier than I thought it would be, it’s quite busy here,” Davis said reflecting on his time as CAO. “You would think it would be a lot slower for a smaller town, but things just kept popping up that needed to be attended to on a small town basis as well as large town.”

Davis has 38 years of municipal government experience, 28 of which were spent as the director of finance with the Town of Port Hawkesbury.

According to Hadley, the town has already started the process of looking for Davis’ replacement.