The District of Kitimat has created a new position, the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer. The position will focus on the operations which Poole can focus on proponents, development of infrastructure, joint ventures with the Haisla, the West Side Road and Rail, Etc.
“The purpose of hiring a deputy is to split my workload up. I seem to be getting behind more and more in terms of trying to juggle the operations of the municipality, the increase in industrial activity and spending my time either with proponents or the province,” said Municipal Manager Ron Poole.
He expressed this was not a decision of Council, it was his decision. Council was made aware Poole was looking for help and supported it. The deputy position is not unheard of in the District offices, several department heads have deputies.
The person who has been hired is Warren Waycheshen, who will be leaving his position as CAO in Gibsons BC. He has served there for just over a year.
According to the Coast Reporter, Waycheshen started working on the Sunshine Coast in April of 2011. Mayor Wayne Rowe announced Waycheshen had been offered: “a generous financial incentive to join their staff.”
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“I think it’s a good move, I’ve been here a year now and I have a good feel for the work load, but I’m looking forward to him. He’s got a very good background,” said Poole.
Almost by coincidence, the CAO Waycheshen replaced when he came to Gibsons in 2011 has also had dealings with Kitimat Council. Rick Beauchamp was serving as Interim CAO prior to Waycheshen taking the job. Beauchamp is the president of R. A. Beauchamp and Associates who were one of three firms who tried to help Council deal with their dysfunction back in 2010.