CVRD hires new boss

Brian Carruthers, Regional District of Central Kootenay’s administrator, has resigned to take a similar position on Vancouver Island. - Greg Nesteroff
Brian Carruthers, Regional District of Central Kootenay’s administrator, has resigned to take a similar position on Vancouver Island.
— image credit: Greg Nesteroff

For just the third time in more than 30 years, the Cowichan Valley Regional District will have a new hand on the steering wheel.

On Friday, the Cowichan Valley Regional District announced the hiring of Brian Carruthers as Chief Administrative Officer.

Carruthers, currently CAO for the Regional District of Central Kootenay, will assume his new post, effective Sept. 2.

He will direct the overall planning, co-ordinating and control of all regional services based on the policies approved by the CVRD board.

Carruthers has also been CAO of the City of Williams Lake, and worked in a variety of management roles with the parks and protected areas division of the B.C. Ministry of Environment.

"Mr. Carruthers is a respected, capable, and accomplished leader with a demonstrated record of effective local government experience," CVRD Chairman Rob Hutchins said in a media release.

"I am delighted to be returning home to the island and I look forward to working with the board of directors and staff in serving the residents and stakeholders of the Cowichan Valley Regional District," said Carruthers in the same release.

He will take over from interim CAO, Frank Raimondo, the former longtime CVRD chief administrator, who came out of retirement after CAO Warren Jones departed in February.

Raimondo had served since the early '80s before being replaced by Jones in 2008.

The Nelson Star reports the move allows Carruthers to join his partner in the Duncan area and be closer to family. He has been with the RDCK less than two years, having arrived in November 2012.

In a news release, RDCK chair John Kettle credited Carruthers with implementing a number of initiatives to improve governance and service delivery in the regional district.

"I am pleased with the work that has been accomplished to date and am confident that there will be a seamless continuation of leadership with Mr. Carruthers' departure," Kettle said. "We wish Brian the best of luck as he takes on his new role on Vancouver Island."

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