The City of Rossland is still in the process of looking for an interim Cheif Administrative Officer (CAO) but Mayor Kathy Moore is optimistic.
“It’s going great so far,” she said. “One of the things we really made sure to do was create a competitive hiring process because last time that wasn’t done at all, which resulted in several complications,” she explained.
The position is to fill a medical absence left unfilled after previous CAO Tracy Butler resigned.
“We have a CAO but she’s been on medical leave for 18 months. So she has health concerns and so we’re not in a position to hire a permanent CAO.”
The person who was the Deputy CAO had a contract that council wasn’t comfortable with and as a result decided to give working notice to the employee—24 months—after which, the contract would be null.
“We were not saying there won’t be a position here for you within this organization, it just won’t be with this contract.”
The Deputy CAO did not wish to work under these conditions and ultimately decided to leave the position.
“I can’t blame her,” said Moore, “she has to do what’s best for her, the same as we have to do what is best for our tax payers.”
Currently, the city and Mayor have advertisements on civicinfo.bc.ca and have been in contact with government level employees both retired and in-between jobs.
The city states this is part of the current process of rebuilding to get the City back on a viable footing.