August 19, 2016 - 2:40 PM
VERNON - The top staffer at the City of Penticton is leaving his post.
Eric Sorensen, the chief administrative officer, is stepping down from the position to spend more time with family, the city announced today, Aug. 19, in a media release.
Sorensen was the chief administrative officer for the past 13 months, and will remain until Sept. 19. After that, he will transition to an interim position to help the city complete a number of key projects he set in place.
Sorensen explained to staff and council he wishes to embrace a balance of family and work that is not possible in the demanding role of chief administrative officer.
“I want to continue to work to ensure the city is the best it can be, but I also want to enjoy the opportunity and quality of life that we are building,” Sorensen said in the release.
Specific projects Sorensen will continue working on include financial sustainability against challenging infrastructure improvement demands, working with regional partners on shared service efficiencies, budget preparation and key relationships with community partners including the Penticton Indian Band, the city said.
“His experience and knowledge of corporate sector efficiencies have been crucial in putting in place plans for long-term sustainability and fiscal responsibility. We share a vision of opportunity, growth and prosperity for the city and we will continue to maintain these values in our leadership,” Mayor Andrew Jakubeit said in the release.
The city says it has a plan for a smooth transition that includes an interim chief administrative officer, although details have not yet not been finalized.
The city hopes to have a new officer in place in six months time.
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