The Village of Silverton is in the market for a new chief administrative officer after the departure last month of Hillary Elliott.
Much of the short June 8 council meeting was made up of motions confirming changes to Village staff and signing authorities as a result.
Elliott submitted her resignation on May 11, and it came into effect about two weeks later. Silverton Mayor Colin Ferguson only briefly commented on the departure at the council meeting.
“Our CAO resigned. Apparently, she is moving on to other professional engagements – that is what she told us. I believe she’s moving to Trail,” he said after an inquiry by the Valley Voice.
Elliott had held the CAO position since late 2018.
Darrell Garceau, the CAO before Elliott, has come out of retirement to help the Village through the leadership change and to find a new CAO.
“We are very fortunate to have someone step in who has the depth of experience as Mr. Garceau, and who knows the local area and village,” the mayor said. “So thank you for taking this task on. I hope it is not too onerous.”
Garceau was Silverton’s CAO from 2016 to 2018.
After Garceau’s acting appointment was made official, council made another housekeeping motion to remove the Village’s administrative assistant’s temporary signing authority for the Village’s accounts. It was in place during the changeover.
A $500 grant from the Village of Silverton will help the community mark Canada Day. Council approved the funding to the Silverton Community Club to put on the celebration. The motion passed unanimously.
The Silverton Memorial Hall may become a place of refuge in the case of emergencies in the future. Councillor Brian Mills told council they had successfully applied to the Columbia Basin Emergency Readiness Program for funding for a technician to advise on the installation of a heat pump system and backup generator for the community hall.
“This will provide heating and cooling for Silverton residents and surrounding area in event of an emergency,” he said.
The application was submitted last month, and Mills says they expect to hear back on the project cost and available funding by September. Then council will decide on whether to move forward on the project.
While the advisor’s costs are fully covered, local taxpayers would put up about 20% of the expected cost of the actual installation.
John Boivin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Valley Voice