By David F. Rooney
The City has hired created a new position and hired a man to fill it. Meet Lyle Huntley, Revelstoke’s new director of Corporate Administration and Communications.
Huntley started work on October 15 and his appointment is just now being announced by Council.
Huntley is squeezing into a position that Chief Administrative Officer Tim Palmer had spent the last year filling in addition to his central role as CAO.
An Ontarian with a degree in economics, he has a background in local government and until this spring had worked since 2007 as clerk and director of community services for the Thompson-Nicola Regional District. The reasons for his departure from the TNRD in the fall of 2011 are not clear. He worked as a consultant between then and now.
On a personal note, Huntley is married with no children.
In response to questions from The Current, Mayor David Raven had this to say:
“The staff reductions and reorganizations at city hall were designed to reduce costs, and to provide a high level of service in with a timely client service focus.
“With the amalgamation of the engineering and planning departments into the Development Services department, a number of vacancies from retirements or resignations were reassigned or eliminated from the organization.
“There are two positions that were seen as necessary to provide the high level of service expected by council and the public.
“One position is a manager in development services that will be responsible for approvals and processing development applications in a timely manner.
“The other position is a manager responsible for corporate administration, bylaws (both drafting and enforcement), compliance with regulatory requirements and communications.
“The job descriptions for both positions are a reassignment and realignment of existing functions to achieve efficiencies, other than the communications piece which addresses a need identified in many previous strategic plans and organizational reviews.
“Good communications are necessary to ensure open and transparent governance and to ensure the public is well served by the city with factual information and responses to their questions, and those of the media.
“Communications is only a portion of the job description for this position, although it is the first time the city has addressed the need for improved communications by assigning staff resources.”