It has been a busy time for hiring at the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary. Six positions have been filled in the past two months.
The RDKB has now hired two general managers, two managers and two unionized staff.
“We are really pleased to have found top-notch talent for all six of our vacant positions. Each of our new employees joining the RDKB team brings the exceptional skills and experience we need to achieve our goals over the coming years,” said Chief Administrative Officer Mark Andison.
James Chandler takes on the key role of Deputy Chief Administrative Officer and General Manager of Operations, a position that has been vacant since Mark Andison moved from the Deputy CAO position to CAO in fall 2017. Chandler is a professional engineer who was Manager of Engineering for the City of Port Moody for the last seven years where he was responsible for capital projects, asset management, transportation and infrastructure.
Janine Dougall, General Manager of Environmental Services, came to the Kootenay Boundary from the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen and worked at the Regional District of Bulkley Nechako before that. Dougall has a Masters in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering as well as 17 years’ experience in local government. Dougall takes over from Al Stanley, who served as GM of Environmental Services for 10 years before retiring from the RDKB in fall 2017.
Chartered Professional Accountant Carolyn Gillis (CPA, CA) arrived in July from Kelowna to fill the position of Financial Services Manager for the RDKB. She has over five years of specialized municipal accounting experience.
Jeff Hardy is a Journeyman Electrician with 18 years of experience working as an industrial electrician in both the construction and maintenance fields across the Northwest Territories, Alberta and the Okanagan. Hardy is the RDKB’s new Building Maintenance Electrician.
And what was old is new again: the RDKB welcomes Brian Champlin back to the RDKB from Nelson where he worked for four and a half years in the City’s building inspection department.
Champlin now oversees five building officials working in the Grand Forks and Trail offices including Building Inspector Level 1, Kevin Santori, the newest hire at the RDKB. Santori is a journeyman carpenter who worked for the last 17 years in the West Kootenay building industry in both industrial and residential settings. He started work at the Trail offices on Aug. 7.