The Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District is looking for a new chief administrative officer, following a Feb. 23 board meeting in Prince Rupert.
Chair Barry Pages, also the mayor of Masset, confirmed that former administrator Janet Beil is no longer employed by the regional district.
The board has hired an interim administrator, Prince Rupert resident Tana Lee Hess, Mr. Pages said.
“We will be searching for a permanent chief administrative officer,” he said, adding that he expects the search will take a couple of months.
The decision was not without controversy, and was associated with a non-confidence motion in the chair brought forward by Dodge Cove representative Des Nobels.
But only three directors voted in favour of the non-confidence motion (Mr. Nobels, rural Graham Island director Ian Hetman, and Oona River director Karl Bergman), with the other seven directors voting against it, leaving Mr. Pages secure as chair.
“Right now we’re going through some changes at the regional district and change is kind of difficult,” Mr. Pages said. “There’s definitely three board members that aren’t happy with the direction the board is going in around staffing issues.”
The regional district will be paying severance to Ms Beil, he said. Ms. Beil had worked there for 19 years.
“She’s entitled to what she is legally entitled to,” Mr. Pages said. The amount is “being worked on.”
The board issued a press release saying that Ms Beil has a right to privacy and that it will not be providing any more details about the issue.
“On behalf of the entire regional district, the board thanks Ms Beil for her contributions and service, and wishes her all the best in her future endeavours,” the press release reads.
The next regional district board meeting is scheduled for March 23 in Prince Rupert.
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