Fratesi Stepping Down as CAO


Joe Fratesi, our City’s longest serving Chief Administrative Officer, will step down this spring. Fratesi met with Mayor Provenzano earlier today to provide notice of his intent to retire effective April 30, 2015.

“Over my 35 years of service, I have had the privilege of serving alongside many great men and women, both in the political and the administrative streams. I have learned much along the way from my colleagues and hopefully I have been able to reciprocate in at least some small way,” said Fratesi. “I will miss City Hall and the people who work there; however, I am fully confident that the citizens of Sault Ste. Marie will be left in good hands and will continue to be well served by city staff in all of our departments.”
“On behalf of City Council and the City of Sault Ste. Marie, I thank Mr. Fratesi for his many years of dedicated service to our community as both an elected representative and a member of senior city staff,” commented Mayor Provenzano. “Personally, I thank Mr. Fratesi for his assistance during my transition to the Mayor’s office and I wish him a very happy and healthy retirement and much success in whatever he chooses to do next.”

Formal authorization to start the CAO replacement process, in accordance with the appropriate City By-law, will be discussed at the next regular Council meeting scheduled for January 12, 2015.


  1. Joe did a lot too this community also, James..He was a classic despot ruler for years and got away with it as CAO after he bowed out of the mayors job.. Now he is thinking about Provincial or federal office????? Don’t think so , dude, people have long memories… Joe is no Tony Martin… From a wheelchair, Tony could run for the NDP again and I’m sure would get in.. He was a no bullshit sort of guy and looked after the little guy, Joe just looked after himself…

  2. I love how all these arm chair politicians can sit here and criticize joe’s accomplishments, yet the most you’ve done all day is what? Exactly! The man has done a number of things for this city for its betterment ,whether you like him personally or not. He has devoted many years to this community. A little decorum please

  3. I don’t think cities as small as SSM require a CAO.Perhaps if city council and the mayor worked together.the money paid to CAO could be used to help fund future projects in SSM.
    Rosalie & Clarence Chaput

  4. City residents footed the bill, on many street improvements just outside FrAtEzi’s homes, including his daughter’s home, when she lived on Henrietta St. Curbs, sidewalks, paving, just to name a few. The neighbors didn’t get these “perks”. His relations and self had their property values boosted at our expense ($). Finally a new era with him gone. YAY !!!

  5. First good thing Provenzano has done, accepting Fratezi’s resignation… Long time overdue…Time to break up the rest of the old boys club in city hall.. Keep up the good work, Christian…:).

  6. There’s no question that Mr. Fratesi has provided many years of hard work to the City of Sault Ste. Marie. However, I hope his replacement will be hired in a far more fair and transparent manner than Mr. Fratesi was.

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