The search for a new CAO continues at the Thompson Nicola Regional District.
Interim CAO Randy Diehl said the regional district received 83 applications for the position from across Canada.
That number has since been whittled down to six candidates who will be interviewed next week by Zoom.
Once the regional district narrows down the list to two or three candidates, it will conduct interviews in person.
“We’ve done a couple of shortlists already,” Diehl told KTW. “We’re working our way down to the finalists.”
The TNRD is hoping to have a new, permanent CAO in place by mid- to late-July.
The TNRD’s former CAO, Sukh Gill, departed suddenly from the regional district in February, with the regional district claiming he had retired.
Following numerous requests by KTW, however, the regional district in early May released terms of a settlement agreement with Gill, which the regional district said was a compromise agreement based on a disputed claim, the details of which the regional district has said will not be released.
The settlement agreement showed Gill is receiving more than $350,000 and that the regional district was required legally to call his resignation a retirement.
KTW has since learned his settlement amounts to more than $500,000, including 20 months of salary continuance costs through 2021, valued at $346,723.44, $111,389.89 to be paid out for accumulated vacation days, $55,676.04 in benefits and $3,000 in legal or counselling fees, totalling $516,789.37.
That number does not include the costs of a laptop and cellphone, also included in the agreement.
Gill had 140 banked vacation days at the time of his departure, after the board voted at the end of 2019 to carry over Gill’s banked time into 2020.
The TNRD says it cannot disclose the reason for Gill’s departure, as it is legally prohibited by privacy legislation.