Committee in place to find new CAO

The process to find Vernon’s next chief administrative officer has been formalized.

The process to find Vernon’s next chief administrative officer has been formalized.

A committee has been formed to find a replacement for Leon Gous, who will go back into the private sector Dec. 31.

“We would do all of the preliminary work and council will be involved in all of the important work,” said Mayor Rob Sawatzky, a committee member.

“We will now start putting (recruitment) ads into professional journals.”

One of the committee’s roles will be to consider resumes and shortlist the number of applicants.

“Interviews for the final two or three candidates will be done by council as a whole,” said Gous.

Besides Sawatzky, the committee will consist of Councillors Catherine Lord and Mary-Jo O’Keefe and Marg Bailey, a retired deputy administrator who has been hired in an acting capacity once Gous leaves.

Lord says she is looking forward to the process.

“I want someone who gives strong direction on financial matters,” she said of her preferred candidate.

“We have to make sure we have someone who carries our (council) policies forward and tells us if there are any problems.”

A timeline for having a new chief administrative officer in place has not been determined.

Gous has been with the city for eight years and has been CAO since 2005.