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New top administrator hired in West Kelowna

West Kelowna has hired a new chief administration officer who was most recently a city manager in Manitoba. Ron Bowles will be leaving his current job as the city manager in Brandon.
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West Kelowna has hired a new chief administration officer who was most recently a city manager in Manitoba.

Ron Bowles will be leaving his current job as the city manager in Brandon, according to a City of West Kelowna media release issued today, July 11.

“I could not pass up the opportunity to work for a purpose-driven and forward-thinking Council in a dynamic, rapidly growing and evolving community,” Bowles said in the release.

Mayor Gord Milsom says Bowles’ experience is needed at this time in the city.

“The City of West Kelowna continues to deliver programs, services and infrastructure at a very high level and our quickly growing community can count on Mr. Bowles to provide strong guidance and solution-driven, partnership-oriented leadership,” Milsom said in the release. "Mr. Bowles’ municipal government track record will ensure that our City can continue to build on solid partnerships with other  governments and stakeholders.”

Bowles said although he'll miss the community his team built he's excited to establish new roots.

"My wife and I have enjoyed many summers as tourists, camping at Bear Creek and watching our children in sport camps,” Bowles said.

West Kelowna has been looking for a new top administrator since Paul Gipps became the new CAO of the District of Lake Country back in December last year. Ron Mattiusi, who spent 13 years at the top of Kelowna's City Hall before retiring in 2018, was hired to take on the chief administrative officer job in West Kelowna.

Bowles first day on the job will be Aug. 15. He'll begin by working remotely before arriving in West Kelowna on Sept. 16.


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