City of Revelstoke CAO, engineering director on ‘paid leave’

Revelstoke mayor confirms two top City of Revelstoke staff are on paid leave

Revelstoke City Hall. Photo: Revelstoke Mountaineer file photo

The City of Revelstoke’s Chief Administrative Officer, Allan Chabot, and the city’s Director of Engineering Services and Public Works, Mike Thomas, are on “paid leave” following developments at city hall on Thursday afternoon.

In a statement sent early Friday afternoon in response to questions from the Mountaineer, Mayor Gary Sulz confirmed that the city’s most senior staff member and the engineering director were now on paid leave, but Sulz declined to comment further, citing personal information about staff.

“Mr. Thomas and Mr. Chabot are currently on paid leave,” Sulz wrote in an email to the Mountaineer.  “I can’t go further into details or background except to say that personnel matters are treated as confidential issues which involve personal information, and I cannot, out of a sense of fairness, say anything more at this time but will make a further statement when I am able to do so.”

The development follows ongoing staffing issues at city hall. A total of five positions were effectively not active last week in the city’s Development Services department, which oversees construction and planning services for the city. One building inspector position had been vacant, and two staff members recently left their positions, including the chief building inspector in the building services branch of the Development Services department.

In addition, the head of the Development Services department, Marianne Wade, and another mid-level planner had been on medical leave since approximately two weeks ago. It’s unclear if the two staff members on medical leave have since returned.

The staffing shortage had led to concerns about the city’s ability to manage development during the busy construction season.

Check back for more on this developing story in the coming days.

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.