Lips tight after CVRD boss walks

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Regional boss Warren Jones is leaving the Cowichan Valley Regional District for undisclosed reasons, the board announced Friday.

Regional Chairman Rob Hutchins declined to give reasons for Jones’ departure Feb. 13.

“The separation is without cause, but it’s a personnel matter,” he told the News Leader Pictorial Saturday. “Mr. Jones is not retiring.”

Financial terms and conditions of Jones’ leaving were also undisclosed by Hutchins.

The CVRD board is busy drafting a process, through a sub-committee, to find a new CAO, Hutchins explained.

CVRD planning and development manager, Tom Anderson — who’s retiring this spring — filled in for Jones until the board engaged former CAO Frank Raimondo for four or five months while a new CAO is interviewed and hired. Raimondo’s pay level was unavailable at press time.

“The search is on for a new chief administrative officer for the Cowichan Valley Regional District,” the CVRD’s website says. “It was announced today, that through a mutual agreement, Warren Jones and the CVRD are parting ways. The CVRD will immediately begin a recruiting process to attract a new person to lead its team of staff.”

Jones earned about $200,000 a year. In recent months, the board froze the wages of Jones and his top staffers after public outcry about their climbing remuneration rates.

Reached at his south-end home Tuesday, Jones declined to discuss terms of his departure.

“There’s a great group of staff at the regional district, working hard everyday for the people of the valley. I’d like to say ‘Thank-you’ to them, and wish them all the best.”

Jones became the CVRD’s CAO in September 2007, replacing retiring, long-time CAO Raimondo.

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