Osoyoos CAO announces intentions to leave position

It was a routine report — the kind Town of Osoyoos CAO Barry Romanko delivers at every regular Council meeting.

And then he dropped the bombshell.

“I worked with Council and the Regional District’s human resources staff to complete needed terms of reference for a national executive search for a new CAO,” he told Council as he wrapped his report this afternoon. “As I will be leaving the position as of August 2019.”

And with that a search is on to replace the Town’s CAO is underway to replace the man who has held the position for more than 11 years.

Mr. Romanko says he is leaving this portion of this career in municipal government with mixed emotions.

“I have enjoyed working with all of the elected officials and staff over the past three terms throughout my 11 years as Osoyoos CAO”, he said. “But I’m also very excited to have more time with my family, the freedom to travel and experience my leisure pursuits and pursue other options.

“At this point time I am still focused on the tasks at hand over the next six months.”

That is sentiment shared among the current Osoyoos Council who indicated in their own comments that they plan to make good use of the CAO before he retires.

“He may get a fairly good roast from the rest of us,” Mayor Sue McKortoff concluded.

“Mr. Romanko’s departure in August will be a loss for the Town of Osoyoos. Barry approaches town issues with a sense of professionalism, knowledge, respect and he has instilled a culture of integrity in our organization.”

Council has contracted the services of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen’s Human Resources Department to complete a national search for a new CAO.

The search will begin in March with the expectation that a replacement will be in place by the beginning of August.

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