Penticton starts job search for new corporate officer

The City of Penticton has begun a search for a new corporate officer to replace Karen Burley, who has taken a position with another community.

Burley will be taking on the position of director of corporate services with the City of Duncan on Vancouver Island. While the position has similar duties to the work she has done since she was hired by Penticton in 2010, she will be taking on more responsibilities, with Duncan's bylaw enforcement department reporting to her as well.

The job also comes with a higher salary, though Burley said that is only one of her reasons for moving on.

“I am originally from the island, my parents live there and my daughter is in Nanaimo,” said Burley. “It was a difficult decision. I always wanted to get back to the island, because my parents are aging and my daughter is close by, so it seems to be a good fit.”

Burley's final day with the city will be Feb. 22, and she starts her new position on Mar 4. She said Mayor Dan Ashton and city manager Annette Antoniak were understanding about her choice to accept the new position.

“Karen has done a great job here, I don’t blame her wanting to be closer to her parents and her daughter,” said Antoniak. “They don’t come up very often, those types of opportunities, so you have to take them where you can.”

The search for Burley's replacement began last week with Gillian Kenny, the city's manager of human resources, posting the position on Civic Info BC and other job sites.

The posting doesn't list a prospective salary, only stating that it will be competitive. It does, however, have a long list of responsibilities for the successful candidate, along with a series of qualifications, including a minimum of eight years experience.

The deadline for applications closes on Jan. 25. Antoniak said they hope to have a candidate selected quickly. Because this is an officer position in the staff hierarchy, Antoniak said the mayor will be involved in the selection process, though the initial review of applications will be conducted by herself, Kenny and chief financial officer Doug Leahy.


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