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Regional district staff departures mainly for personal reasons, CAO says

The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen is looking for a new emergency services manager.
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August 14, 2018 - 11:45 AM

PENTICTON - Once again, the regional district is looking for a senior staffer.

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has placed a notice on their website seeking a new emergency services manager. Chief administrative officer Bill Newell says the position will replace emergency management program coordinator Paul Edmonds.

Edmonds joins an expanding list of regional district management staffers who have left the organization over the past two years.

Regional district board chair Karla Kozakevich says in an email it is unfortunate Edmonds was leaving the district but she understood he was seeking a better work and family balance.

“I believe he may be looking at doing contract work in the future, so we may be able to use him again,” she says.

Public Works manager Janine Dougall left the employ of the regional district on April 19 after slightly more than a year with the district. She replaced departing public works manager Roger Huston, who resigned in January 2017.

Finance manager Maureen Hayter left the regional district in April, after working for the district for slightly more than a year. She replaced finance manager Sandy Croteau, who resigned from the regional district in late 2016.

Emergency services supervisor Dale Kronebusch left the district in June 2017, and human resources manager Marnie Manders departed the district on June 22.

Kozakevich says Manders went to work for the District of Summerland, as she lives in that community. She says Dougall moved to Trail and Huston relocated to the North Okanagan. Hayter left for personal reasons and Croteau moved to Ontario to be with family, she says.

Newell says the reasons for staff leaving seem varied, and mostly for personal reasons. The district is working on an internal organizational review and will bring the concerns about management turnover to the board’s attention at a future date.

The regional board was told in February 2017, it lacked competitiveness when it came to paying managerial salaries.

Departing district staffer Edmonds could not be reached for comment.


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