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June 22, 2020
County Council appoints new Chief Administrative Officer

Michael Duben brings more than 25 years of leadership experience in municipal administration, municipal utility management, and corporate law

Warden Larry Martin is announcing today the appointment of Michael Duben as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of Oxford County effective September 8, 2020. Duben formally fills the role vacated by retired CAO Peter Crockett in May 2020, and will assume his duties in the fall from Interim CAO Larry McCabe.

Duben joins Oxford County from his current role as CAO of the District Municipality of Muskoka, a position he has held for more than six years. Previously, Duben served as vice president of EnWin Utilities, the City of Windsor’s public utilities commission; general manager for the City of Windsor; and as a senior corporate law partner at Miller Canfield LLP. In his time at the District of Muskoka, Duben oversaw several service and operational reviews, worked with area municipalities to improve the delivery of local services, and oversaw the transition of paramedic services from the private sector to the municipality.

Duben has been extensively involved in serving his community, profession and others. His many board appointments span business, healthcare, housing, conservation and cultural sectors. He is a board member and immediate past president of the Ontario Municipal Administrators’ Association and a former district governor for Rotary International. Duben and his wife, Shelly Duben, founded Rotarians Enhancing Learning of African Youth (R.E.L.A.Y.), an educational project that has enhanced the lives of thousands of children in Ghana, Kenya, Ethiopia, Mozambique and Zambia. The Dubens have two adult children, Justine and Marcus, and are expecting a first grandchild in the fall. Read Michael Duben’s full bio

Warden Larry Martin and members of the CAO Recruitment Ad Hoc Committee participated in the search process with support from executive search firm Organization Consulting Limited. More than 70 applications from across Canada were received in response to Oxford County’s posting.



Larry Martin, Warden, Oxford County

“Michael joins us at a critical juncture as we work to respond to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, including its economic and societal impacts, at the same time that County Council is confirming its goals and aspirations for the updated Strategic Plan. Considering these circumstances, the appointment of a new CAO is one of the most consequential decisions Council will make this term. We are confident Michael’s broad leadership experience, and his past achievements in managing partnerships and driving value in the delivery of public services, will support Oxford’s municipalities in moving forward together.”

Michael Duben, Incoming Chief Administrative Officer, Oxford County

“County Council, its area municipalities, and Oxford residents have put forward an inspiring vision for their future. I’m excited to be joining Oxford County and look forward to working with employees and the community to help move this vision forward.”



JPG: Michael Duben

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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