Two top staff with the city of Revelstoke remain on paid leave.
The Revelstoke Mountaineer reported in a May 17 story that both Chief Administrative Officer Allan Chabot and Director of Engineering Mike Thomas were placed on unpaid leave. At that time Mayor Gary Sulz declined to comment on the matter, saying only 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 Mountaineer asked for an update on the situation during the regular council meeting on Tuesday, May 28. Sulz would only say that both the CAO and Director of Engineer remain on leave.
The Mountaineer asked Mayor Sulz for an update on the staffing issues at the May 28 council meeting. Here is what the mayor had to say:
“They’re on leave with pay and that’s all I can say at this point and time. Council has appointed an interim CAO and that is [Dawn] Low. She’ll be in that position until we have dealt with the other issue with whatever’s going to happen with those two people who are on leave. That’s really all I can say,” said Sulz.
Revelstoke city staff released a statement just prior to 12 p.m. on Tuesday, providing an update on some of the ongoing staffing issues at city hall. Included in the statement was the announcement that Low, who is currently Director of Corporate Administration, would act as Interim Chief Administrative Officer.
In terms of the engineering department, the statement notes an outside engineering firm has been enlisted to provide third party review on larger projects. The city has also hired a civil tech. Planning staff who were previously on leave have now returned. When asked if any staff remained on leave Sulz said the city continues to look to fill the currently vacant positions of building services manager and building inspector in the Building Services Department.
The Mountaineer will continue to follow this story and provide updates as they become available.