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Oak Bay searching for permanent CAO

Interm CAO will help with recruitment process before returning to the Kootenays

Oak Bay has begun the process of finding a new chief administrative officer (CAO).

After former CAO Helen Koning left the municipality in April 2018, the District brought on Lou Varela as an interim CAO in June. Now that council has settled in, the search for a permanent replacement for Koning has begun.

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“My time in Oak Bay has been fabulous,” Varela said. “Prior to returning home to the Kootenays, I am looking forward to assisting with the recruitment process for a permanent CAO who will be a great fit for the organization.”

Mayor Kevin Murdoch said that council hopes to have the recruitment process completed as soon as possible.

The job is listed on the municipality’s website and applications are being accepted until Feb. 8.

Oak Bay is seeking someone with a post-graduate degree in public administration or a related field, combined with several years of experience. The job description said the new CAO will “provide key direction in strategic planning and will ensure that District staff are committed to providing a high level of public service.”


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