Head of Thompson-Nicola Regional District resigns

Sukh Gill had been on paid leave for two weeks prior to his sudden resignation on Feb. 14, but the regional district will not explain his paid leave nor his resignation

The head of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District was on paid leave for the past two weeks before resigning on Friday.

Chief administrative officer Sukh Gill handed in his resignation, but there has been no explanation for his exit.

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An interim CAO will be appointed and a search will be done for a permanent replacement.

Gill's resgnation came just hours after KTW began inquiring about the fact he had been on paid leave for the past two weeks.

The board of directors is remaining mum on the issue and is refusing to divulge why Gill was on paid leave or why he has resigned.

TNRD chair Ken Gillis confirmed to KTW earlier on Friday that Gill began paid leave within the last two weeks.

“That’s about all I can tell you, is Mr. Gill is on leave,” Gillis told KTW on Friday morning. “We don’t have any timeline, but if there is anything to tell, certainly our communications people will do a release. That’s about all I can tell you. At this time, he is on leave, but I don’t know exactly for how long.”

Gillis later told KTW and other media outlets he had erroneosly stated that Gill had resigned, and that the  CAO had actually retired. In speaking with KTW on Monday, Gillis said Gill was actually on vacation, not paid leave, when he decided to retire.

Gill was appointed CAO in 2011, having previously served as the regional district’s deputy administrator and finance director. He has been employed by the TNRD for two decades and was previously finance director with the City of Merritt.

In 2018, the most recent year of publicly released financial documents, Gill’s salary was $267,296.

In Gill’s absence, TNRD finance director Doug Rae is acting CAO.

Gillis would not disclose the reason for Gill’s leave, calling it a “personnel matter.” He would not comment on whether the leave was connected to health or disciplinary reasons.

“We don’t comment on personnel matters,” Gillis said.

Three other TNRD directors reached by KTW echoed Gillis in declining to speak on the matter. TNRD director Stephen Quinn of the Thompson Headwaters electoral area near Blue River, said the leave cannot be discussed as it is being dealt with in-camera.

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