Ex-North Cowichan CAO Devana is new CAO of Cochrane

Ex-North Cowichan CAO Devana is new CAO of Cochrane

North Cowichan’s former CAO left position in March

Dave Devana starts his new job as the Chief Administrative Officer of Cochrane, Alberta, on Oct. 10

Devana was CAO of the Municipality of North Cowichan for more than seven years before his sudden departure in March.

Lori Craig, acting CAO of Cochrane, a community of approximately 20,000 people located 18 kilometres west of Calgary, said Devana was chosen for the job after council conducted a “stringent screening process” for applicants.

“Only six or seven applicants were interviewed, and Mr. Devana was considered the best among them for the position of CAO,” Craig said.

Cochrane Mayor Ivan Brooker said Devana’s appointment is an “exceptional one”.

“We are excited to have attracted a candidate of Dave’s caliber to Cochrane,” Brooker said.

“He has more than 17 years’ senior management experience in local government in the roles of CAO, deputy CAO and chief financial officer. Dave’s strong background and relevant experience will serve this organization and our community well.”

North Cowichan Mayor Jon Lefebure said in March that the decision for Devana to leave the municipality was made by “mutual agreement” between Devana and North Cowichan and was effective immediately.

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Lefebure gave no reason for Devana’s departure, stating he was limited as to what he could say as it was a personnel matter which couldn’t be discussed in public.

“Mr. Devana did a lot of great work and accomplished a lot in his time as CAO of North Cowichan,” Lefebure said in March.

“But both Mr. Devana and North Cowichan have come to a mutual agreement that the time has come for him to move on.”

Andy Laidlaw has taken on the position of North Cowichan’s acting CAO until Devana’s position is filled.