Township suspends senior employee

Lynda Shykora has been with Spallumcheen since 2004

There is some uncertainty about administration within the Township of Spallumcheen.

Lynda Shykora, the longtime chief administrative officer, has not been terminated from her position but  she is currently not performing her duties.

“I can confirm I have been suspended without cause,” she said Friday.

“I can’t comment further until I consider my legal options.”

According to provincial legislation that governs municipalities, the mayor must suspend a municipal officer or employee if the mayor considers this necessary.

A suspension must be reported to the council at its next meeting, and the council may reinstate the officer or employee, confirm the suspension, confirm and extend the suspension or dismiss the officer or employee.

When contacted, Mayor Janice Brown would not discuss Shykora’s position with the township.

“I have been told to say, ‘No comment at this time,’” said Brown.

Other members of council are also not providing many details.

“She is on personal leave for two weeks,” said Coun. Christine Fraser.

“She is still an employee,” added Coun. Ed Hanoksi.

Shykora became CAO in September 2005, after serving as deputy corporate officer for 11 months.

She has more than 30 years experience in local government management, including  Lumby, Lake Country and the Regional District of North Okanagan.