Search begins for administrator

Top position at municipal hall has been vacant since January


The municipality is preparing to hire a new chief administrative officer.

Since Don DeGagne’s departure from the role in January, Ken Ostraat, the municipal treasurer has taken on the administrator’s responsibilities in addition to the treasurer’s role.

Mayor Janice Perrino said the dual role has put added pressure on Ostraat.

“We have certainly put a great deal of burden onto our acting CAO,” she said.

The hiring process is expected to take up to six months.

While the double role has been challenging, Perrino was impressed with Ostraat’s efforts.

The municipality will use the services of the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen for the recruitment process.

Perrino said regional district staff have done hiring for other communities in the area.

While past administrators have come from municipal government positions, Perrino said people with other backgrounds may be considered this time.

“We want to be a little more open in our thinking,” she said, adding that someone with a business background may be considered.


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