Municipality’s CAO announces resignation

BOWEN ISLAND – Bowen Island Municipal Council has accepted the resignation of its Chief Administrative Officer, Liam Edwards. Liam will be leaving Bowen Island in August to take a position with the Town of Sidney and to be closer to relatives on Vancouver Island. His last day with the Municipality is scheduled to be August 16, 2024.

Liam joined the Municipality in May of 2020 in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. His leadership and collaborative approach were instrumental in supporting organizational change in a time of uncertainty and transition. His knowledge and experience in capital projects was invaluable when the Municipality faced a myriad of pressures related to its infrastructure deficit, and the progress of addressing critical projects in the last four years has been notable.

“We will always be behind decisions that are made for family and life goals,” said Mayor Andrew Leonard, “in his service to us, Liam’s support to our new Council has been valuable; and his compassionate, team-centred focus in leading staff was much needed. We wish Liam and his family the best as they take on this new future and hope their move goes smoothly.”

Over the next months, Council will undertake a recruitment process for a new Chief Administrative Officer.  “Ideally, Council would like to have this position filled by September and are working through plans to make that happen.” said Mayor Leonard.

The CAO is the sole employee selected by Council and is responsible for the overall management of Bowen Island Municipality operations. The CAO implements Council’s policies, programs and other direction, and advises and informs Council on all of the local government’s affairs.