Michael Di Lullo was raised in London Ontario and attended Western University completing both his undergraduate and graduate schooling attending the Local Government Program. Michael has progressed as a Municipal Clerk onto a Senior Administrator with experience working across the Province in large urban such as Brampton to small rural in Huron County. He is now the Chief Administrative Officer at the Municipality of Middlesex Centre which is located in southwestern Ontario.
The first half of the show is standardized (more or less) with each guest talking through these themes.
- The first part begins with you, as we introduce you as the guest. Who are you? How did you end up CAO of Middlesex Centre?
- Describe your municipality as a whole. Paint a picture for someone who has not been to your town or community before or has only seen it as a sign on the side of a road.
- What is working, and what is not, what are you building towards?
- What is your region, how does the relationship work with Middlesex County administratively? What about London?
- Finally, how does your community fit into SW Ontario as a whole?
The second part of the show we dig into more specific discussions.
- What is the role of municipal administration?
- You receive direction from elected officials but you guys are the experts. How does that direction get prioritized?
- What is the role of administration to advocate for the “right decision”? Do you put out materials impartially, or if your (and other admin) expert opinion is the best solution do you advocate for that?
- COVID impacts on Middlesex Centre? What tools do municipalities need to recover from COVID-19?
- If you had to think about the next decade for Middlesex Centre, what are the biggest opportunities and challenges for your region?
- If you could wave a policy magic wand, what would you change?