Oak Bay fills two top-level staff positions

Director of engineering services and director of corporate services join staff

Oak Bay fills a pair of staff vacancies in coming weeks.

Daniel Horan becomes director of engineering services on June 13. The position has been vacant since Dave Marshall retired at the end of 2015.

“That’s going to fill a really big hole, a big gap that we’ve had,” said Oak Bay Mayor Nils Jensen.

Horan is an engineer with 15 years’ experience with the Royal Canadian Navy in a variety of engineering and leadership roles. He most recently served as operations manager for the Pacific Navy’s Fleet Maintenance Facility where he managed the full spectrum of engineering and maintenance activities, and led a team of 58 civilian and military program managers, project leaders, planners and schedulers. He has extensive experience in strategic planning and project management.

Warren Jones starts as director of corporate services May 24. The position came up in February when Loranne Hilton left abruptly for a position as chief administrative officer for the District of Highlands.

“There it wasn’t such a gap because we’re very grateful for Maura Jones (deputy director of corporate services) who stepped up and did the job as an acting director or corporate services in the interim,” Jensen said.

Jones started his career in recreation with Port Alberni, then moved to Coquitlam where he spent 15 years in a variety of positions, starting as deputy city clerk.  He was promoted to city clerk and spent four years in that position before he became deputy city manager.

He was promoted to city manager and held the position for five years. His most recent role was chief administrative officer for the Cowichan Valley Regional District for seven years.

Jones’ educational accomplishments include a Masters of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Leisure Studies from the University of Victoria.

“We’re in very good shape with a very experienced an talented leadership team,” said Jensen. “There’s been quiet a renewal.”

“We’re very pleased to have two experienced people join us,” Jensen said.