Sooke district on search for top administrative officer

Gord Howie, who currently holds the position, will look for new opportunities

The District of Sooke has begun the search for a chief administrative officer.

Gord Howie, who currently holds the position, will not have his contract renewed when it expires next February.

“He is looking for other opportunities,” said Mayor Maja Tait. “He’s leaving on a very positive note.”

Howie joined district staff in February 2013 after more than 37 years in public administration. He came to Sooke after serving as Prince Rupert’s chief administrative officer.

Three years ago, the district had more than 100 applicants for the job. Five were short-listed.

Tait has formed a hiring committee that consists of councillors Kerrie Reay, Rick Kasper and Kevin Pearson. Howie will be the committee’s advisor. Those short-listed will be interviewed by the full council.

“We’re looking at broadening the position a bit,” Tait said. “Municipal experience is always an asset, but a mixture of government and private experience as well as a blend of education would bring a valuable perspective to the organization.”

Howie is on vacation until Oct. 5 and unavailable for comment.

Deadline for applications is Oct. 9.