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Council fires Paul Thorkelsson as CAO of the RMWB

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Council has fired Paul Thorkelsson as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the municipality after lower than a yr on the job. The choice was made at a closed council assembly on Tuesday night. Jody Butz, regional fireplace chief and the municipality’s emergency administration director, is interim CAO.

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The change in management was introduced in a quick Tuesday announcement simply after 6:30 p.m. As a result of the assembly was closed to the general public, it’s not clear how every councillor voted.

“I need to thank Mr. Thorkelsson for his time with the group, and I want him each success sooner or later,” mentioned Mayor Sandy Bowman in a press release. “As council begins recruitment for a brand new CAO and through this transition, I’ve each confidence within the staff on the municipality to proceed offering the providers, tasks and applications we collectively want to maneuver the area ahead.”

Thorkelsson started his position as CAO on Sept. 26. He was picked by a CAO hiring committee that included Bowman and councillors Ken Ball, Allan Grandison, Jane Stroud and Stu Wigle.

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He was CAO for the District of Saanich for six years. The Saanich Information reported Saanich’s council “determined to finish its relationship” with Thorkelsson in November 2021. Earlier than Saanich, Thorkelsson spent 10 years with the Regional District of Nanaimo, with 4 years spent as CAO. He additionally spent 4 years as supervisor for constructing inspections with the Metropolis of Nanaimo.

The municipality has changed three CAOs since 2020. Thorkelsson’s predecessor, Jamie Doyle, resigned in April 2021 after he accepted a suggestion to be CAO for the City of Lunenburg, N.S.

Annette Antoniak was CAO from December 2016 till March 2020 when she resigned out of the blue. Former councillors and former workers have since mentioned a lot of the council of the day signed a petition asking for Antoniak’s resignation.

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