Up until Tuesday, May 31, Clattenburg was responsible for the administration end of things in the Region, ensuring regional councils’ policies were carried out by staff.
However, he first began his career with the town of Liverpool, and had various other positions before becoming CAO.
"Working with the town of Liverpool was my first job in municipal government, and that was back in 1977," he says. " I was with the school board for four years in between, but then I went with municipality in 1987. Then became CAO of the new amalgamated municipality in 1996."
Clattenburg says there have been a lot of challenging times throughout his career, but both the challenges and accomplishments are things he enjoyed.
"I particularly enjoyed the accomplishments that have taken place. The sewer treatment plants that are in place, the water treatment plant, the solid waste management facility," says Clattenburg. "Now I think the greatest project of all is Queens Place. I was designated as project manager by council for that facility up until [my retirement].
Leaving his job, Clattenburg says he is going to miss the people the most. However, as he lives in the area and has no doubt he will be seeing the general public, staff, and elected officials here and there.
Because he was born and raised in Queens County, Clattenburg says he doesn't have any plans of leaving Liverpool in his retirement.
"I have no desire to leave really," he says. "I enjoy living in the community."
Clattenburg says he is looking forward to both relaxing away from the stress his position brought on sometimes, and spending time with his family. Although he will not be working full time, he says he is sure he will find something to do.
"I'm probably going to do some volunteer work," he says. "As far as employment is concerned I may do something, but I certainly won't be looking for a full time job where I have to get up five days a week and go to work."
Sitting in a cleared out office hours before he left the Region of Queens Municipality as an employee for the last time, Clattenburg says although he is sad to be leaving in job in some ways, there are many other ways he is very happy about it.
"I've been working for a long time," says Clattenburg. "I've had a good career, and it's time."