Danielle Myles Wilson is the new chief administrative officer of the Cowichan Valley Regional District.
Wilson replaces longtime CAO Brian Carruthers who recently retired.
She brings to the job seven years of local-government management experience and a decade of working with the province in various roles.
A public servant with multi-faceted experience, Wilson has most recently been the CAO for the District of Port Edward on B.C.’s north coast.
In this role Wilson has led a modernization of that district’s human resource practices, addressed long-standing labour relations issues and updated a variety of bylaws and corporate policies.
“We are excited to welcome Danielle to the Cowichan region and look forward to supporting her as she leads the CVRD in its mission to deliver exceptional services to residents,” said Lori Iannidinardo, chair of the CVRD.
“Our board is confident that her experience throughout a variety of local and provincial government roles will be a welcome asset to our leadership team and help the CVRD evolve and adapt as we transition into a new term of office.”
Prior to her time as CAO in Port Edward, Wilson was the manager of economic development for the City of Terrace.
Before joining municipal government, Wilson held roles as regional manager with the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, and regional negotiator for the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation.
Wilson holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration and is currently working towards her Chartered Professional in Human Resources designation.
In her free time, Smith enjoys kayaking, hiking, fishing and pursuing other outdoor activities near the water.