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DeSantis to step down as head of Downtown Kamloops group

Carl DeSantis' last day of work will be on Dec. 10. His successor has not yet been named. DeSantis told KTW he was thinking about resigning in the summer, after he went away for a few weeks and came back recharged
Carl DeSantis
Carl DeSantis

After four years in the role, Carl DeSantis is resigning at the end of the year from his position as executive director of the Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association, known as Downtown Kamloops.

DeSantis announced his resignation to the KCBIA board of directors on Wednesday morning (Oct. 13). His last day of work will be on Dec. 10. His successor has not yet been named. DeSantis told KTW he was thinking about resigning in the summer, after he went away for a few weeks and came back recharged.

“That’s all it’s about,” he said. “One of my daughters is due in about two weeks on Halloween and she’s on the Island. I’m going to be over there spending time.”

DeSantis said the decision to resign was his and not the board’s and that the board had flattering comments about him, upon announcing his departure.

The resignation comes as the KCBIA is in the midst of a five-year levy renewal. Downtown commercial property owners contribute to the levy, which supports existence of the KCBIA. Asked if there is fear the BIA doesn’t have support from businesses, DeSantis said there is always that fear, but noted he is confident the levy will be renewed toward the end of December. DeSantis said his resignation was not related to the levy issue.

“Not at all,” he said. “No.”

DeSantis said the KCBIA was his third career. He previously worked for the Calgary Police and co-ordinated the justice program at Bow Valley College in Alberta,

He moved to Kamloops for the job four years ago, along with wife Bev DeSantis, who is CEO of Tourism Kamloops. Asked if he is retiring, he said he is too young, but has no other plans to date.

DeSantis said he is proud of the patio program, which was recently extended into the spring, and $300 million in development downtown of late. As for the future of downtown?

“I see lots of opportunity. I see growth. I see economic recovery,” he said.

DeSantis said he will be spending more time on his boat and exploring the West Coast. He plans to continue living in Kamloops.