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April 08, 2020
County Council appoints interim CAO

Larry McCabe brings more than 40 years’ experience in municipal service, leadership

County Council approved on April 8 the appointment of Larry McCabe as chief administrative officer (CAO) for Oxford County effective May 4, 2020. McCabe will fill the role vacated by retiring CAO Peter Crockett until the search for a permanent replacement is completed.

McCabe is recently retired from his role as CAO for the Town of Goderich, where he also served in clerk, deputy clerk and treasurer roles. His more than 40 years of experience in the municipal sector includes governance roles with the Goderich Public Utilities Commission, West Coast Huron Energy, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, Ontario Small Urban Municipalities, and the Canadian Council for Public Private Partnerships. McCabe served as CAO of the Town of Goderich when it was struck by an F3 tornado in 2011, playing a central role in the Town’s emergency response coordination.

McCabe holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Wilfrid Laurier University and is an accredited Municipal Clerk/Treasurer.


Larry Martin, Warden, Oxford County

“Larry joins the County as interim CAO at an extraordinary and challenging time, but with a range of knowledge and experience that brings great value as we navigate the months ahead.”

Larry McCabe, Incoming Interim CAO, Oxford County

“Oxford County offers a culture of innovation, integrity and partnership, an environment that certainly appealed to me and that will serve the County well in its recruitment for a permanent CAO. I look forward to working with Council, the senior management team, staff and our community partners over the coming months.”

About Oxford County

Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario at the crossroads of Highways 401 and 403, Oxford County has a population of approximately 121,000 people across eight area municipalities that are “growing stronger together.” As a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government, Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and County Council’s commitment to achieving 100% renewable energy, becoming a zero waste community, working towards zero poverty, and aiming to be 100% housed. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture is a key industry that is driving innovation in sustainable industries and diversifying the local economy. Oxford County offers a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock, Ontario. Visit or follow our social media sites at Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at


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