Two more city management changes have been announced as a result of the Judy Rogers report. City streets superintendent Wilf Taekema has assumed the position of manager of operations.
“In his new role, Wilf will continue to manage the same portfolio that he did as street superintendent and will continue to report to the city engineer,” said Mayor Mike Ruttan. The city’s streets superintendent and maintenance and trades superintendents will now report to Taekema, rather than to the city engineer directly.
“Wilf has been with the city for the past two years. He came to the City of Port Alberni from the Town of Smithers where he was the director of works and operations. Prior to that, he served at the ministry of transportation for over 20 years in a variety of roles.”
The city’s administrative assistant and office manager Jake Martens also received a promotion to the role of deputy city clerk and communications coordinator.
“Jake has been with the city for the past five years as the administrative assistant and office manager,” said Ruttan.
“He will continue to report to the city clerk as he undertakes his expanded duties in a more senior capacity.”
Speaking after the meeting, Ruttan said that more changes would be implemented as a result of the Rogers report, including the search for a new CAO.
A search firm has been identified and will be announced by council at their next meeting.