By David F. Rooney
The Columbia Basin Trust is unlikely to open an office in Revelstoke or — unless they have special skills — allow prospective employees from here to work from home rather than move to a community where the CBT maintains an office, Neil Muth, the Trust’s president and CEO said Tuesday, July 29.
Muth said in a brief interview that the board of directors could decide to open an office in Revelstoke.
“There are many communities that would like a CBT office,” he said, adding that since that “is a fiscal matter” it’s up to the board.
However, determining whether someone can work from home is “an operational matter” that is solely at Muth’s discretion.
He said it is something that has been discussed at the CBT but is not seen as useful “in terms of building a corporate culture. The trust has only ever permitted two people to work from home.
“As I’ve said, there may be people we allow to do that but these are people with special skill sets,” he said.
Muth was reacting to a letter from City Council asking the Trust to either open an office in Revelstoke or allow prospective employees from here to work from home rather than leave the community.
The Columbia Basin Trust maintains offices in Castlegar, Cranbrook, Nakusp and Golden.
This is an issue that City Council revisits from time to time. So far, Revelstoke has gotten no where with it.