Addley assumes Interim CAO role on September 6 after departure of current CAO Michael Duben

Oxford County Council has appointed Ben Addley, Chief/Director of Paramedic Services, as Interim Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) effective September 6, 2022. Addley will assume the role on an interim basis until County Council appoints a new Chief Administrative Officer to replace current CAO Michael Duben. 

 Addley joined Oxford County in 2016 with extensive and wide-ranging senior-level public sector experience in paramedic services, healthcare and emergency management. As a recognized industry leader, he has served on the board of directors for the Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs and is a representative on multiple sector committees and working groups. In his time at Oxford County Paramedic Services, Addley played a key role in many community partnerships, such as the establishment of the Oxford OHT (Ontario Health Team) and the Mobile Outreach Bus; adopted green fleet conversions, including bringing Canada’s first hybrid ambulances into service; launched a community paramedicine program; and, he continues to oversee the ongoing Joint Municipal Paramedic Service Deployment Review. Addley played a key role during the local COVID-19 pandemic response in expanding the healthcare role of paramedics in safeguarding the community, and was an active participant and leadership voice at regional and provincial tables.

With Addley’s appointment as Interim CAO, Ryan Hall, Deputy Chief and Manager of Operations & Performance, will assume the role of Acting Director/Chief of Paramedic Services, also effective September 6, 2022.

County Council begins the process of selecting a new Chief Administrative Officer following the beginning of the new council term, which starts November 23, 2022, for Oxford County Council.


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 125,000 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, and working towards zero poverty. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture is a key industry that serves as a springboard for some of the sustainable industries that are steadily 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