Regional recycling boss the latest senior staffer scratched from CVRD

Bob McDonald, CVRD recycling and waste manager, is latest senior staffer to leave Cowichan region
Bob McDonald, CVRD recycling and waste manager, is latest senior staffer to leave Cowichan region's payroll. Details about his departure, and that of two other bosses recently, remain muddy.
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Cowichan's recycling boss, Bob McDonald is the latest CVRD senior staffer to leave the regional district in the past two months, the News Leader Pictorial has learned.

"Yes, he's no longer employed with the CVRD," Cobble Hill Director Gerry Giles confirmed on Good Friday.

She referred questions about reasons for McDonald's departure to Rob Hutchins, Cowichan Valley Regional District chairman.

Hutchins was unavailable for comment by press time Friday.

McDonald, the CVRD's recycling and waste manager who helped develop Cowichan's successful recycling program, earned about $107,000 in 2012.

Details about his severance package were unavailable by deadline.

Information also remained foggy about the Feb. 13 departure of CVRD CAO Warren Jones, whose severance package was $335,000, CVRD brass has stated.

Details are murky too about why CVRD water-management chief, Dave Leitch, left the regional government in recent weeks. His severance package was also not revealed to the public.

Taxpayers paid Leitch about $112,000 in 2012.

Those three departures follow the CVRD's decision to freeze senior-staff wages after citizen outcry about rising remuneration rates.

CVRD's former CAO, Frank Raimondo, is interim CAO while a replacement for Jones is sought.

CVRD planning and development services manager, Tom Anderson — who earns about $150,000 annually — retired last week. The search is also on for Anderson's post.

Finally, thinning regional-brass ranks include the January retirement of former parks, recreation, and culture manager Ron Austen.

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