Regional district appoints interim administrator

Paul Macklem will help board hire a permanent CAO to oversee operations

Paul Macklem is the new interim administrator of the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

Paul Macklem is the new interim administrator of the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan is going through a transition period.

Paul Macklem will be interim chief administrative officer starting April 16, with current CAO Harold Reay retiring at the end of April.

“Paul is an excellent man and he has an excellent track record,” said director Jim Edgson.

“He’s a take charge guy who will work with staff and the board.”

Macklem has been involved in local government for more than 25 years and is presently Kelowna’s general manager of corporate services.

“The combination of Mr. Macklem’s background in finance, senior management, strategic planning and his familiarity with the regional district makes him the ideal candidate for this transitional role,” said Robert Hobson, board chairperson.

It was decided to appoint an interim administrator now so the regional district can reflect on its  operations and services.

A critical task for Macklem will be assisting the board in recruiting a new administrator.

“He can help us move forward and eventually we will have a new, permanent CAO,” said Edgson.

RDCO covers from Peachland to Lake Country, and it has two electoral areas — Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West.

“The regional district is our government,” said Edgson of the electoral areas.

RDCO provides services such as 911, dog control and regional parks