City director heads south

The City of Salmon Arm is looking for a new director of engineering and public works.

The City of Salmon Arm is looking for a new director of engineering and public works.

Dale McTaggart, who has been with the city for 11 years, serving as the director of engineering and public works since 2007, is moving on in the new year.

McTaggart is taking a job as general manager of engineering with the Regional District of North Okanagan. He said his new position involves two major components: water supply to Greater Vernon and surrounding area, and solid waste management for Greater Vernon. Other responsibilities will include managing four minor water systems, septage disposal, regional transit, noxious weeds, drainage and street lighting.

McTaggart said working with the city has been rewarding, and he has had the opportunity to see a number of projects to completion, including: the rebuilding of the Marine Park wharf, construction of the foreshore promenade, construction of a new water treatment plant in Canoe, construction of the sports complex at Little Mountain, construction of the 21st Street underpass, improvements to Blackburn Park, construction of the JL Jackson Fieldhouse and associated facilities, construction of the Ross Street Plaza and parking lot, and implementation of the solid waste and recycling program.

Carl Bannister, the city’s chief administrative officer, said he’s sad to see McTaggart go.

“He’s received a very attractive offer and decided to make a change. It’s very unfortunate for the city – he’s been a great employee, very knowledgeable and experienced. It will be a challenge to replace him and I’m sad to see him go.”

Bannister said the city will be accepting applications both from staff and outside applicants.

 

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