A FORMER City of Terrace planner is the new chief administrative officer for the City of Kamloops.
Dave Trawin, currently the city’s director of development and engineering services, was announced as that city’s top administrator March 14.
“I didn’t sleep much last night,” Trawin said while being questioned by reporters following the announcement.
The 49-year-old was one of three in-house applicants who made the short list for the job. There were 49 applications altogether.
Kamloops Mayor Peter Milobar said it was tough wading through the 49 applications that flowed in after Diehl announced his retirement earlier this year.
“They were all highly qualified individuals from across Canada,” Milobar said.
Three early priorities Trawin mentioned after the announcement were engagement, fiscal initiatives and public accountability.
“You want to keep getting more and more efficient as you can,” he said.
Trawin has been with the City of Kamloops for nearly nine years. Prior to that, his only other public-sector experience was as the planner for Terrace.
Trawin has also been an office manager for an engineering firm in the Okanagan. Before that, he was employed with a land-development company in Florida.
Milobar said Trawin has agreed to a “reduced salary” of $200,000 for the first six months of his tenure, after which time a performance review will take place.
Assuming everything goes well, Trawin’s pay will then be bumped up to $220,000.]
(With files from Kamloops This Week.)