Before and since the hiring of the new CAO Teresa Sullivan, the district of Sooke has lost a number (and replaced a few) leadership roles.
- CAO Gord Howie (2015, replaced by Sullivan, 2015)
- Financial Director Michael Dillabaugh (recent, with Brent Blackhall serving as the A/Director)
- Municipal Engineer Elisabeth Nelson (recent,)
- Municipal Planner Gerard LeBlanc (2014, never replaced)
An email to Corporate Officer Bonnie Sprinkling on January 26 returned the following automatic reply:
“Thank you for your email. I am no longer with the District of Sooke. Please contact Tina Hansen at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 250 642 1634”
So, with that, we add the loss of our Corporate Officer Bonnie Sprinkling to the list.
Sooke’s leadership team is down by five with one replaced, one acting, and three vacancies. At the time of publication, no jobs are currently posted on the District’s online employment page.
On item RA-5, the Sullivan also made it clear that she is the sole employee of the Mayor and Council, and that she alone is responsible for the rest of the staff (46:16): “Mayor and council have one employee, and that’s called the Chief Administrative Officer. The rest of the employees are the responsibility of the CAO to hire.”
At the Regular Council meeting held on January 25 (44:23), Sullivan gave an update of her work to date.
“I have now met with over 200 people since December 14, members of the business community, residents, members of the development community. I have also met with staff and residents or businesses in other municipalities to get my finger on the pulse of what’s going on in Sooke, what we are doing well, what we still need to work on. And so at the end of the month I will be able to report back in a more formal way. But it’s been an exciting six weeks, and I certainly have been welcomed by the residents of Sooke, and I just want to thank everyone for their support. It’s been incredible.”
A meeting with Sooke PocketNews was requested and scheduled, but due to a conflicting meeting, it was cancelled.
About Sooke’s CAO
Teresa Sullivan brings the experience she acquired serving Colwood as a Councillor for three years, as well as heading up her own consulting firm, Sullivan and Associates. You can view Sullivan’s LinkedIn profile here.
Sullivan also managed the federal election campaign for Sheri Lukens (ESS Conservatives), where she served together with Sooke Councillor Kerry Reay, who was then the President of the ESS Conservatives. Reay was the acting mayor and the head of the hiring committee when Sullivan was hired as CAO.
From a comment in a previous SPN article announcing her appointment, Sullivan asserts her excitement, and references her experience.
“Exciting times for Sooke. Mayor and Council have found a responsible balance between economic development and respecting green space and the natural beauty of the wild west coast. I look forward to introducing myself to the community. I’ve worked with the provincial Socreds, NDP, Liberal Party as well as the CPC and many stakeholders – both private, non-for-profit and public sectors. I had a wonderful experience sitting with Colwood City Council from 2011 to 2013. Mayor and six Councillors who respected one another who chose to ‘get2yes’ (my twitter hashtag). I am proud of the work I’ve done and look forward to getting to know you better.”
- To view the Monday January 25 meeting and all corresponding documents, visit here
- For information on salaries, view the annual Statement of Financial Information listed here. Note that the 2015 report (covering 2014) is still in draft format