CVRD searching for new CAO

Warren Jones is leaving the Cowichan Valley Regional District, and the board is looking for a new CAO.

Regional boss Warren Jones is leaving the Cowichan Valley Regional District for undisclosed reasons, the board announced Friday.

Regional Chairman Rob Hutchins declined to give reasons for Jones’ departure.

“The separation is without cause, but it’s a personnel matter,” he told the News Leader Pictorial Saturday. “Mr. Jones is not retiring.”

The CVRD board is busy drafting a process, through a sub-committee, to find a new CAO, Hutchins explained.

Meanwhile, CVRD planning and development manager, Tom Anderson — who’s also retiring this spring — will fill in for Jones.

That is until the board engages former CAO Frank Raimondo for four or five months while a new CAO is interviewed and hired.

Raimondo’s pay level was unavailable at press time.

“The search is on for a new chief administrative officer for the Cowichan Valley Regional District,” the CVRD’s website says.

Jones earned about $200,000 a year.

“It was announced today, that through a mutual agreement, Warren Jones and the CVRD are parting ways.”

The reason for that decision was not made available on the website.

“The CVRD will immediately begin a recruiting process to attract a new person to lead its team of staff.”

In recent months, the board froze the wages of Jones and his top staffers after public outcry about their climbing remuneration rates.

Jones became the CVRD’s CAO in September 2007, replacing retiring, long-time CAO Raimondo.