Audio: Revelstoke Mayor Gary Sulz on senior staff resignations

Revelstoke Mayor Gary Sulz discusses staff departures at city hall, including the announcement of the resignation of the city's chief administrative officer and director of engineering last week.

Revelstoke Mayor Gary Sulz. Photo: Revelstoke Mountaineer file photo

In the latest edition of the Revelstoke Mountaineer Podcast on SoundCloud, we spoke with Revelstoke Mayor Gary Sulz on staff changes at Revelstoke City Hall, including the June 11 announcement in a “service delivery update” that the city’s CAO, Allan Chabot, and Director of Engineering, Mike Thomas, had resigned from their positions.

The announcement of the departure of the two senior staff members follows a previous announcement on May 17 that the two city employees were on paid leave.

Sulz made a brief statement on the changes, but didn’t provide much new information on what transpired, or why there was a paid leave period prior to the announcement of their resignations. “It is something that the city and the gentlemen have discussed, and I am not going to comment any further,” Sulz said.

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The podcast also explored the risk to potential funding of major projects, such as the sewage treatment plant and the arena roof replacement, given that the fall federal election means that any funding announcements will need to be made before the writ drops on the election. Will the absence of senior staff to interface with the grants administrators put funding at risk?

Sulz also touched on strategic planning and other major projects, such as the official community plan update, saying that the update of the central planning document would be done in a “chapter process” starting with the Johnson Heights neighborhood, which is facing development pressure with two larger commercial developments proposed for the neighbourhood.

The interview also looks at the road ahead for city council in the next six months.

Aaron Orlando is a Revelstoke-based journalist who serves as creative director of and Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine. He's been on the news beat in Revelstoke for the past 14 years, serving in senior editorial roles. If you have or call/text him at 250-814-8710.