CAO takes on additional role

Efficiencies are being found within the Regional District of North Okanagan without adding staff

Efficiencies are being found within the Regional District of North Okanagan without adding staff.

David Sewell, chief administrative officer, has also been named the corporate officer, instead of hiring someone new to replace the retiring Jeanne Byron.

“This is consistent with our plans,” said Rick Fairbairn, board vice-chairperson.

“This is all in an effort to look at the cost of the budget. We’re trying to save tax dollars.”

Under provincial legislation, a corporate officer’s responsibilities include preparation of meeting minutes, access to records, administering oaths of office and certifying copies of bylaws and other documents.

Sewell, who was named CAO in June, will not receive additional compensation for being corporate officer.

“He has a contract as CAO and this is part of his plans moving forward,” said Fairbairn.

Executive assistant Paddy Juniper has been named deputy corporate officer. A new chief financial officer, a position Sewell previously held, is being sought.