A second long-serving City manager is retiring this year, and others are expected to follow suit within a few years.
The top-level depletion at City Hall means reviewing the remaining positions and determining what works best, said David Trawin, who became chief administrative officer when his predecessor Randy Diehl retired in spring.
Now community and corporate services director Len Hrycan has set an Oct. 4 retirement date after 35 years with the City of Kamloops.
Trawin said he spent three hours talking with Hrycan Thursday, discussing what works, what doesn’t, what potential there is for change and what should stay the same.
“Len has no vested interest other than the betterment of the corporation, so I talked to him talking about the options,” he said.
Hrycan’s knowledge of City policies and procedures is a wealth that will leave a void when he goes, Trawin said.
City finance director Sally Edwards is eligible to retire in a couple of years, too, but she hasn’t mapped out any plans at this point. Several middle managers are also leaving or are due to leave in the coming years.
Streamlining, different functions, efficiencies and merging of positions are all on the table as the City’s upper direction-makers retire, said Trawin.
While a report released earlier this year criticized the City of Kamloops for having too many staff, he pointed out that it also said the City’s operating and capital costs were below average.
The over-average staffing count boiled down to two managers and 50 employees, he said.
But the City has hired on more people in certain positions, such as engineers, so more work can be done in-house rather than contracted out at a higher cost, Trawin explained.
“With all positions, we do a business case analysis,” he said.
A decision about how Hrycan’s position will be dealt with is expected before he leaves on Oct. 4.