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Town of Oliver familiar with new CAO hire

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PENTICTON - Keremeos’ loss will be Oliver’s gain as village Cathy Cowan recently accepted the Chief Administrative Officer position in the Town of Oliver.

Cowan’s departure from Keremeos will come less than eight months after she was hired as CAO of the Similkameen village. She’ll be bringing 20 years worth of experience with the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen, as well as three years’ previous experience with the Town of Oliver as the town’s corporate officer, with her when she takes the helm in Oliver in late February 2016.

“My council is thrilled to have her back, the management team is thrilled to have her back as well,” Oliver Mayor Ron Hovanes says. “I think she’s going to hit the ground running and we’re looking forward to her taking office.”

Hovanes says Cowan was chosen from more than 60 applicants for the position.

Keremeos Mayor Manfred Bauer says he’s sorry to see Cowan go, as will Keremeos village staff. However, he says the village has a number of qualified candidates to review and feels confident the village will find a suitable replacement for Cowan without any major disruptions to village business.

“Everyone is appreciative of Cathy’s efforts here and we all wish her the best,” he says.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Steve Arstad at or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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