Former City of Kamloops chief administrative officer Randy Diehl has been hired as interim CAO of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District.
Diehl, who retired as city CAO on May 1, 2012, has since been operating Diehl Management Services.
Diehl will assume his interim CAO role on Monday, Feb. 24.
He is stepping in to replace Sukh Gill, the longtime TNRD CAO who suddenly resigned or retired on Feb. 14, after being on vacation and paid leave.
On the morning of Feb. 14, TNRD board chair Ken Gillis initially confirmed to KTW that Gill had been on paid leave for two weeks. Later that day, the regional district said Gill had resigned that afternoon. In the days that followed, Gillis said he erred in stating that Gill had resigned and said Gill had retired after nearly a decade at the helm of the TNRD. Gillis then added that Gill had been on vacation and paid leave prior to his decision to quit.
Neither Gillis nor various regional district board members would comment on the reason for Gill’s sudden departure. Gillis called it a “personnel matter.” He would not comment on whether the leave was connected to health or disciplinary reasons.
In 2018, the most recent year of publicly released financial documents, Gill’s salary was $267,296. In 2017, he was paid an additional $117,000 for overtime put in during the floods and fires that summer, part of more than a half-million dollars in overtime expenses accumulated by TNRD staff that year.
Financial statements show Sukh Gill received the additional pay on top of his regular salary ($206,000), combining for nearly $325,000 in compensation in 2017.
He told KTW he had worked more than 100 14- or 15-hour days that spring and summer.
KTW has inquired about Gill’s severance package and is awaiting a response from the regional district.