Sometimes rumours are true… Summerland loses CAO

District of Summerland chief administrative officer Linda Tynan quit her job Monday.

In a brief news release Monday, the municipality said Tynan left to “pursue other opportunities.”

“During her time with the District, Ms. Tynan worked diligently to build a strong and knowledgeable management team,” the district statement said. “She assisted with continuing to move council initiatives forward, such as the Summerland Arts and Cultural Centre and the solar and storage project.”

As recently as last week, mayor Toni Boot had been denying rumours of Tynan’s departure.

Two weeks ago ODN first reported on this with a headline – ‘CAO gone’ after being told this information by respected sources in Summerland ( inside council and outside ) . Both ODN and Castanet attempted to corroborate this information with no success being told Tynan was an ‘active employee’

In the news business sometimes you just have to wait until the cards fall into place. It took that long to agree to a press release and make final arrangements.

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Her resignation on Monday took effect immediately. Tynan said she made the decision to leave the municipality for personal reasons “It was time to make a change,” she said. “I was splitting my time between two households — one in Summerland and one in Nelson. The traveling started to get to be too much and I missed being with my family during the week.”

Mayor Toni Boot said the municipality will now begin the process of finding a replacement for Tynan, likely by hiring an interim CAO first and then searching for a permanent CAO. Boot said the search process will likely take until late spring.

She added that after a municipal election, there is movement of senior level municipal staff members in communities around the province. She added that Tynan was not forced to resign from her role with Summerland.

“It’s not uncommon within the first six months after an election for a CAO position to be vacated and for someone else to step in,” Boot said.

Source: with files from Summerland Review and Castanet

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