After the announcement of the departure of the former Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Linda Tynan in March, the hunt was on for her replacement. CAO of Keremeos Laurie Taylor applied for the position and was selected because of her extensive experience and knowledge in municipal government.
Taylor spoke to the Arrow Lakes News, “I’ve been at this 38 years, and I’m excited to be coming to Nakusp. For one thing, it is stunningly beautiful and different to where I am now. For another, it’s a bigger village with more staff and you’ve got that great leading edge water and sewer system.”
Taylor starts June 1 and will arrive a week or two before with her dog, Toby. They have a home lined up and movers are booked.
“I’m coming a little early to get settled so I don’t have to worry about unpacking and starting a new job at the same time,” Taylor explained.
Village council took part in the final interview and Mayor Karen Hamling said, “We all felt Laurie was our best fit. I am very pleased to have her on board and looking forward to working with her.”
The CAO is also the corporate officer whose responsibilities include the village staff and ensuring that council follows the local government act and the community charter when making decisions. The Nakusp CAO needs to have experience with land planning, budgets and human resources, among other things.