County council briefs: Chief librarian set to retire

WELLINGTON COUNTY – The county’s head of library services has announced plans to retire next fall.

Chief Librarian Murray McCabe announced at the April 15 library committee meeting that he will be retiring from his position effective Aug. 3. Board members congratulated McCabe and offered best wishes.

“We are grateful for all the work that he has done throughout our system and are saddened,” library committee chair Mary Lloyd to county councillors at their April  30 meeting.

“It’s time for you to enjoy your next chapters,” she told McCabe, who joined the county staff as chief librarian in 2011.

Appointment extended

Also at the April 30 meeting councillor David Anderson, the county’s representative on the local police services board, noted OPP Region Command has extended the assignment of Inspector Paul Richards as acting County of Wellington detachment commander by an additional three months. The appointment was set to expire on May 23.

Anderson said Richards has been pleased with the level of support the OPP receives locally.

“He’s always impressed about how our community backs up the OPP, and that includes our council,” Anderson stated.

Anderson said the COVID-19 situation is delaying a permanent appointment, but hopes Richardson, who took over the detachment in November, following the retirement of Inspector Scott Lawson, stays with the detachment.

“He’s enjoying his service here and we’re looking forward to bringing him on full time hopefully,” Anderson stated.