New CAO hired

Summerland has a new municipal administrator, eight months after the job was vacated.

After eight months without an administrator, municipal council has selected someone for the municipality’s top job.

Tom Day, who has more than 20 years of experience as a municipal administrator, was selected from a pool of 97 candidates.

The position became vacant in January after the departure of Don DeGagne.

Municipal financial officer Ken Ostraat has been acting administrator.

In July, the municipality retained the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen to conduct the search.

“Council was looking for a strong leader with proven skills in municipal management,” said Mayor Janice Perrino.

“Tom also stood out for his focus on customer service and a value-set that will prove instrumental in helping Summerland achieve their community goals.”

Day has held similar positions in Merritt, Sooke and Esquimalt. He has a degree in geography and political science from Simon Fraser University and a diploma in local government administration.

“When the opportunity came up to live and work in Summerland, we couldn’t resist,” Day said.

“I’m very excited to accept the challenge and can’t wait to get started.”

He will begin his work on Oct. 15.


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