City of Cranbrook seeks new CAO

Wayne Staudt is leaving his position at the end of his contract.

  • Nov. 16, 2015 8:00 a.m.

Arne Petryshen

The City of Cranbrook is hiring a new CAO, and Wayne Staudt is leaving his position at the end of his contract.

A posting on  www.civicinfo.bc.ca said the City is looking to hire an experienced chief administrative officer for a competition that closes Dec. 14, 2015.

Chris Zettel, the City’s Corporate Communications Officer could not speak to the specifics, but issued this statement about the outgoing CAO.

“Wayne Staudt is still the active CAO for the City of Cranbrook until the end of his contract,” Zettel wrote.

“Mayor and council have begun succession planning for the CAO role.”

Staudt was appointment as CAO at the Oct. 22, 2012 city council meeting to replace former CAO Will Pearce. When Pierce was hired by the City of Vernon in June 2012, Staudt stepped into the role of Interim CAO.

Staudt, who has been a resident of Cranbrook since 1978, joined the City of Cranbrook in 2002 as the Director of Finance.

The current council is the sixth that Wayne Staudt has worked with during his tenure with the City of Cranbrook, with Mayor Lee Pratt being the fourth Mayor.

The posting states that “a wonderful opportunity has opened up for a qualified Manager to inspire and lead the staff of the city, and continue the work of building and improving the attractive and lively East Kootenay City of Cranbrook.

“The energetic and open minded Mayor and Council are looking for creative, efficient, and collaborative leadership; coupled with a desire to look at a range of different forms of service delivery.”

The ad says the ideal chief administrative officer will be open minded, have at least five years of demonstrated senior accomplishment in the local government or private sector and be able to demonstrate experienced leadership resulting in new cost effective solutions. “Simply put, the mayor and council are looking for good value for money spent,” the posting notes.