City hires City Clerk and Chief Financial Officer

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Two City of Powell River senior staff positions have been filled, according to a media release this morning from Malonie Shaffer, Executive Assistant, City of Powell River.

With the forthcoming retirement of long-term City Clerk Marie Claxton, and the departure of Chief Financial Officer Shehzad Somji for a position with the Squamish school district, the search has been on for replacements.

Chris Jackson begins work as city clerk for the City of Powell River on Monday, May 30th, replacing Claxton who is retiring on June 8th.

Jackson brings more than 17 years of local government experience with several BC communities to his new posting with the City of Powell River. He has eight years of experience in senior management positions. He comes to the City of Powell River from the City of Nanaimo, where he holds the positions of manager of legislative services, corporate officer, head of Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and chief election officer. Prior to this position, Jackson held senior positions as a community planning manager with the City of Nanaimo, and was also the regional planning manager with the Islands Trust.

Kathleen (Kathy) Day’s first day on the job as the City of Powell River’s chief financial officer (CFO) will be Monday, July 4.

Day is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Certified General Accountant with 20 years of local government experience as CFO. During her career she has also served as a local government finance consultant, director of finance, deputy chief administrative officer and proprietor of her own accounting firm. She is replacing interim CFO Corien Becker, who is leaving the City of Powell River to assume her new position as secretary-treasurer with the Mission Public School District.

Both new senior staff members are dedicated to lifelong education. Jackson is pursuing his masters of public administration degree and holds a bachelor of science degree in environmental science, an environmental technology diploma and a humanities diploma.

Day has completed courses at the Municipal Administrative Training Institute and pursued business administration through both Langara College and Okanagan College. Additionally, she has volunteered on the executive of the Local Government Management Association.

Chief Administrative Officer Mac Fraser said the two new staff members are enthused about their new opportunities and are looking forward to relocating their families to Powell River.

Media release: City of Powell River.

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