Surprising news came from Ucluelet’s municipal office last week as long-time CAO Andrew Yeates announced his resignation.
Yeates has held the position since 2008.
A media release from the district suggests Yeates has taken a position in another community and is expected to start his new job next month.
“His new position is an opportunity for him to take on new challenges and to bring him geographically closer to his family,” the release states.
“Andrew starts his new position on April 1, 2017, but stated that he is committed to providing any needed assistance to Mayor and Council as they start the recruiting process and to ensure an effective transition of responsibilities.”
The CAO is considered the only employee of Ucluelet’s municipal council and is tasked with managing a team of district staffers to help the town run smoothly.
“The role of a CAO is to provide for the overall management of a municipality, to ensure the policies, programs and directives of Council are implemented, and to advise and inform Council on the operation and affairs of the District,” the release states.
“In the coming weeks, Council will be working on preparations for the recruitment process and determining any interim measures required to continue moving community priorities and projects forward without interruption.”
Ucluelet mayor Dianne St. Jacques wished Yeates well on his new adventures.
“We wish Andrew all the best in his new position and thank him for his time spent in Ucluelet,” she said through the release.
The Westerly was unable to reach Yeates or St. Jacques for comment by presstime.