Strathcona Regional district loses its chief administrative officer

Regional district has yet to publicly speak about Brian Reardon’s departure

The Strathcona Regional District’s first administrator is leaving Campbell River.

Brian Reardon, chief administrative officer of the Strathcona Regional District (SRD), will be taking over the chief administrator duties for the Regional District of the Central Okanagan effective April 15.

Reardon said he’s excited to start the newest chapter in his life.

“I am thrilled to be given this incredible opportunity to work with the Central Okanagan Regional Board, its staff and its regional partners in building upon its success as a recognized leader in regional governance and in creating a healthy, sustainable region,” Reardon said in a news release issued by the Regional District of the Central Okanagan. “I look forward to working with the board, and with staff to ensure the board’s strategic objectives are achieved and find new ways to strengthen the regional federation.”

Reardon came to the SRD in late 2008 and was the first chief administrative officer for the SRD which was formed in February 2008 after splitting from the Comox Valley Regional District.

At the time, Reardon said “the opportunity to start a brand new regional district and put my mark on a new organization is very attractive.”

Reardon came to the SRD after spending 11 years as chief administrative officer of the North Okanagan Regional District.

The chair of Reardon’s new employer – the Regional District of the Central Okanagan – said Reardon’s past employment makes him the right person for his new position.

“Mr. Reardon is very familiar with the Okanagan and has excellent leadership credentials,” said Robert Hobson, chair of the Regional District of the Central Okanagan. “His combination of experience in the regional district form of government along with his leadership talent makes him the perfect fit as the person to head our organization for the years ahead.”

The Regional District of Central Okanagan includes the municipalities of Kelowna, Lake Country, Peachland, and West Kelowna as well as the unincorporated Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West electoral areas.

While the Regional District of Central Okanagan officially announced Reardon’s appointment last Friday, the Strathcona Regional District has yet to publicly speak about Reardon’s departure.

A request to the Strathcona Regional District for comment as to who will replace Reardon was not answered before the Mirror went to press.