The City of Prince Rupert will be moving forward with two new faces in the top management spots at City Hall.
Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Dan Rodin, who has been the CFO for the City for the past six years, is retiring on May 15. His departure comes just over three months after City Manager Gord Howie left to take a job with the District of Sooke, which has put Rodin in the dual roles of CFO and Acting City Manager since February.
“It was just time to retire,” he said, adding that the date of the retirement is no coincidence.
“I picked May 15 because that is the day that the budget and taxation bylaws have to be passed, so from an accounting position it makes sense to go then.”
The posting for the CFO position closes on April 30, and Rodin said resumes are already coming in to City Hall. However, mayor Jack Mussallem said that position won’t be filled until the new city manager is in place.
“While council is the elected body the chief administrative officer (CAO), or city manager, looks after the everyday working operations. All employees work for the CAO and the CAO works for council. It will be up to the CAO, with input from council, to hire the new treasurer,” he said, adding that there is not yet a time line for the filling of the city manager position.
“That is in process and council is continuing to work on hiring that position. But it also depends on the person and their time frame for relocating.”
Mussallem thanked Rodin for his expertise over the past six years as Prince Rupert went through significant change.
“He took the job when the community had more challenges than it does today because we didn’t have the light at the end of the tunnel with port development that we have now,” he said.
Although retiring, people can still expect to see Rodin around town as he doesn’t plan to leave Prince Rupert.
“I think Prince Rupert has a bright future. It may take some time, but I think 10 years from now you won’t recognize the town,” he said.