City engineer heading east

Rob Dickinson left his duties as engineering manager Tuesday after eight years with the city.

Rob Dickinson is heading to Saskatchewan after being the City of Vernon's engineering manager.

Rob Dickinson is heading to Saskatchewan after being the City of Vernon's engineering manager.

The City of Vernon begins the new year with a major vacancy in senior administration.

Rob Dickinson left his duties as engineering manager Tuesday after eight years with the city.

“I had an awesome time at the city,” said Dickinson, who is returning to the private sector to help open an engineering office in Saskatoon, Sask.

“It was an opportunity professionally that was too good to let go of.”

The Manitoba native says he will miss working with his highly professional colleagues at Vernon city hall.

“The reason I started working with the city is the community and being involved in the community.”

While at the city, Dickinson played a key role in establishing a long-term infrastructure strategy and an integrated transportation network.

“He is a bright young engineer who brought much to the corporation and the city,” said Will Pearce, Vernon’s chief administrative officer.

The position of engineering manager will be posted in January.

“Skilled and experienced municipal engineers are difficult to recruit. It could take three to six months or longer (to fill),” said Pearce.

During that period, Ed Stranks, engineering development services manager, will be acting department head.

“My focus is to maintain momentum on numerous key projects — the strategic infrastructure investment plan, the transportation plan and the liquid waste management plan, among others,” said Pearce.

“All of these are key to the integrity of our municipal infrastructure.”