Cowichan Valley Regional District hires news CAO

The Cowichan Valley Regional District announced Friday that they have selected a new Chief Administration Officer. As of Sept. 2, Brian Carruthers will take over from interim CAO Frank Raimondo, who is filling the post temporarily since the CVRD’s sudden parting of ways with former CAO Warren Jones in March.

"We’re looking forward to him joining the CVRD staff and taking us forward," said CVRD chair Rob Hutchins.

Carruthers is currently the CAO for the Regional District of Central Kootenay, and previously held the equivalent position with the City of Williams Lake. On top of that he spent 13 years in a variety of management roles with the Parks and Protected Areas Division of the B.C. Ministry of Environment.

This experience at both the municipal and provincial level helped Carruthers stand out among the 68 applicants from across Canada, Hutchins said. There were even a couple of international applicants.

"Mr. Carruthers is a respected, capable and accomplished leader with a demonstrated record of effective local government experience," said Hutchins. Carruthers was selected by an interview panel of five directors, then was interviewed by the entire board.

"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.

Hutchins said the salary for Carruthers will be in the mid-range for such a position, about $170,000 per year.