New Courtenay CAO coming from Golden

The City of Courtenay has appointed a new chief administrative officer (CAO), Mayor Larry Jangula announced Wednesday.

The City of Courtenay has appointed a new chief administrative officer (CAO), Mayor Larry Jangula announced Wednesday.

David Allen, currently the CAO in Golden, will join the City of Courtenay on April 15, replacing outgoing CAO Sandy Gray.

“We have gone through an extensive search for a new CAO, and met with many excellent candidates,” Jangula. “David Allen was selected based on his years of municipal experience and his wide range of skills, including project management, strategic planning, and asset management.

“The CAO plays a key role with both council and staff on many complex municipal and regional issues, and we’re looking forward to working with him.”

Prior to his time in Golden, Allen was CAO in Logan Lake. He also held positions in Pemberton and the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District.

He holds a Professional Specialization Certificate in Local Government Administration from the University of Victoria, as well as a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo. He is also nearing completion of a Certificate in Local Government Executive Management.

Allen serves as co-chair of Asset Management BC, an interdisciplinary local government working group dedicated to the development of best practices in managing municipal infrastructure.

Gray will retire March 30 after over 10 years with the City.

— City of Courtenay