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TNRD appoints new top manager

Scott Hildebrand will take on the role this August.
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July 16, 2020 - 5:17 PM

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District has appointed a new CAO after nearly six months with an interim placeholder.

After 20 years with the TNRD, Sukh Gill left the position in February of this year. The reasons behind his departure were left unclear and it was found he had been given $346,723.44 as a salary continuance.

The person taking his place is Scott Hildebrand. For two years, Hildebrand has worked as the CAO of the City of Merritt, and for six years prior to that he was the CAO for the city of Brandon, MB. He will take on the new role with the TNRD on Aug. 17, 2020.

“The field of candidates during the recruitment process was one of the most competitive I have ever seen,” says interim TNRD CAO Randy Diehl in a media release. “Scott comes to us with an extensive private and public sector background, and the Board and I are extremely pleased with the experience and skills he brings to the position."

Hildebrand has worked for 14 years as the regional zone sales manager for Frito Lay Canada and for four years as vice president and general manager for McKenzie Seeds and Jiffy Canada.

“I am very excited about this opportunity with the Thompson-Nicola Regional District,” says Hildebrand in the release. "In my role as CAO with the City of Merritt, I have become very familiar with the TNRD and look forward to engaging with the Board, staff, residents, and the business community throughout the region. I have lived in Kamloops for the last four years and feel that both my extensive career in the private sector along with my local government experience with the City of Brandon will allow me to hit the ground running… There will be challenges, but together I feel that we can build on the district's success to date, and positively shape the future for the Thompson-Nicola region.”

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