District CAO Jones got $335,000 severance package

A payout of more than $300,000 to former Cowichan Valley Regional District Chief Administrative Officer Warren Jones was part of the agreement made when he was hired, according to CVRD Board Chair Rob Hutchins.

"The amount of Mr. Jones’ severance package was approximately $335,000 which represents payment for 18 months’ salary and benefits, in accordance with the terms of his employment contract written some seven years ago," Hutchins said in an email. "The terms established at that time were intended to replicate what someone in his position would earn at common law in the event of a termination without notice. This is often done for senior-level positions to enable both parties to avoid the expense of litigation to arrive at terms."

Jones left the position at the end of February. An announcement at the time said it came "by mutual agreement."

"Beyond this, employment matters between the CVRD and its employees are treated as confidential personnel matters," Hutchins said. "Other than the information that must be disclosed to government authorities or our unions, we do not generally disclose employment information of current or former employees unless required by legislation."

Former CAO Frank Raimondo is filling in temporarily while the CVRD searches for a permanent replacement.