The City of Enderby didn’t have to go far to fill a vacancy in senior management.
Monica Dalziel will leave her role as Salmon Arm’s director of corporate services to become the new treasurer in Enderby.
“She comes highly qualified and I’m excited about her being here,” said Mayor Dee Wejr.
“She has the qualities so if (chief administrative officer) Barry Gagnon is away, she can step in as acting administrator.”
Dalziel will take over as treasurer from Geri Ferguson, who is retiring.
“Geri is a big loss for us. She makes sure we’re looking after the money really well,” said Wejr, adding that Ferguson has a strong relationship with council and staff.
“She’s just great and she knows all of the numbers.”
Barry Gagnon, Enderby’s chief administrative officer, has considerable praise for Ferguson.
“The city will greatly miss her and we are very thankful for her professional and dedicated service over the last 10 years,” he said.
Ferguson believes it is time to pursue other opportunities.
“I like to travel and golf,” she said of her plans after she leaves city hall in mid-August.
“It’s been a good run. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time with the city.”
According to Salmon Arm officials, Dalziel has been a significant part of the team there.
“She has been a great employee for the city, dedicated and loyal and a hard worker,” said Carl Bannister, Salmon Arm’s chief administrative officer.
“It’s certainly to Enderby’s credit that they’re getting her.”
Prior to Salmon Arm, Dalziel was treasurer in Armstrong for five years and Lake Country’s treasurer for two years.
“While I have enjoyed working at the City of Salmon Arm and seeing it transition from a small town to a medium-sized city, I am looking forward to working with the City of Enderby and the challenges that face smaller communities,” said Dalziel.
— with files from the Salmon Arm Observer