North Cowichan has appointed an interim CAO. (Citizen file)

North Cowichan has appointed an interim CAO. (Citizen file)

North Cowichan announces interim CAO

Laidlaw has more than 37 years of local government management experience

North Cowichan council announced Friday afternoon that Andy Laidlaw has been appointed as the municipality’s interim chief administrative officer.

“We are fortunate to have found such a highly-qualified candidate to lead our staff while we continue the search for a permanent chief administrative officer,” said Mayor Jon Lefebure. “Mr. Laidlaw will work with staff on council’s strategic priorities and day-to-day operations at the municipality.”

Laidlaw has more than 37 years of local government management experience, most recently as the city manager of Campbell River and the interim chief administrative officer with the District of Saanich. He holds a diploma in Public Service Management from the University of Victoria, as well as a diploma in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Recreation Education.

Laidlaw temporarily replaces former CAO Dave Devana, who departed the position suddenly in February.