Saturday April 19, 2014

Village of Chase seeks new corporate officer

Larry Randle moves on to County of Lethbridge in Alberta

The new year brings with it a search for a new corporate officer for the Village of Chase now that Larry Randle has left for a regional job in Alberta.

Randle, who was corporate officer for four years, announced he was moving on in early in December. His last day on the job was Dec. 20, village CAO Joni Heinrich said Monday.

Randle took a position with the County of Lethbridge, an organization that operates like a regional district in B.C. He begins work there Thursday.

Which leaves a hole in the village corporate office. Heinrich said the job will be posted within the first two weeks of January via the co-operative information service CivicInfoBC.

She expects the search could stretch to municipal offices Canada wide.

“We need somebody in that position to look after that council/corporate officer role,” she said, adding Randle’s duties are currently shared between her and several staff.

“They basically make sure that council runs smoothly.”

That includes scheduling meetings, setting up the agenda, and ensuring minutes from the meeting are properly recorded, she said.

The corporate officer also oversees bylaw enforcement, business licensing, records management and information requests. Heinrich said Randle also assisted with zoning changes and development permits.

“It’s a big job. There’s a lot of tasks involved for sure,” he said.

Whoever takes over for Randle has big shoes to fill. Mayor Ron Anderson said he enjoyed having him on his staff.

But the move was a good one for Randle and his family, and a step up in municipal affairs, he said.

“I’m pleased for Larry personally.”

Randle worked for the village on two separate occasions during the last decade.

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