Greg Betts retains Spallumcheen administrator duties

You can remove the interim tag from Spallumcheen administrator Greg Betts’ title.

You can remove the interim tag from Spallumcheen administrator Greg Betts’ title.

Hired in November 2012 on an interim basis while a successor to Lynda Shykora was sought, the township announced Tuesday that Betts will be staying on as administrator until December 2014.

“We have decided to extend his contract,” said Mayor Janice Brown. “What we’re hoping to do next year is starting looking for a new person and have Greg mentor them, along with getting some other projects done under Greg.”

Prior to being hired in Spallumcheen, Betts spent 15 years as chief administrative officer for the District of Coldstream, then five years with the Regional District of North Okanagan, the last three as CAO.

Betts took over from Shykora, who was dismissed by the township in October after eight years of service.

Betts called his first six months working for the township “really great.”

“Council has presented some interesting projects, they like my approach and we are working well together,” he said. “Council has been very progressive. They are looking at updating and modernizing their bylaws and reviewing their policies.”

Betts will continue to guide the township with some strategic initiatives and working towards the future.

“We’re excited to have him,” said Brown. “He’s working closely with staff, we’re getting things finished up and moving forward and we’re working hard with him to use his expertise before he retires.”