Saanich hires former Campbell River city manager as interim CAO

Andy Laidlaw, who spent most of his career at the City of Nanaimo, to take on contentious issues at Saanich beginning Jan. 28

  • Jan. 21, 2015 1:00 p.m.

Saanich’s new interim chief administrative officer is promising to help tackle the many challenges facing Saanich and its council over the coming months.

Andy Laidlaw, who retired earlier this month as Campbell River’s city manager after four years in that role, will begin work Jan. 28 and remain as acting CAO until Saanich council finds a permanent replacement.

Laidlaw replaces former CAO Paul Murray, who left the District in December with a handsome $476,000 severance – including $55,000 in unused vacation time – after Mayor Richard Atwell asked Murray to step down.

In a statement, council said Laidlaw brings nearly 40 years of local government leadership experience to the interim CAO role. He spent 35 years with the City of Nanaimo and held senior positions including director of parks, recreation and culture and general manager of operations.

Laidlaw will be taking over bureaucratic operations at the District of Saanich during a contentious period. B.C.’s privacy commissioner Elizabeth Denham is currently investigating the installation and use of employee monitoring software known as Spector 360, after Saanich police investigated the software’s installation on the Mayor’s and other computers and found no criminal wrongdoing. Denham can compel disclosure of documents, interview government or company officials, make legal findings and issue compliance orders to the District or make recommendations for change.

In early 2011, Laidlaw joined the City of Campbell River as city manager where he worked until he retired in mid-January. As a child, Laidlaw attended Frank Hobbs elementary and then Gordon Head junior high (now Mt. Douglas High).

He was also on the first team of the then-newly established Saanich Braves.

After leaving Saanich, Laidlaw went to high school in North Vancouver and graduated from the University of B.C. with a bachelor of recreation education. He then studied public administration at the University of Victoria.

editor@saanichnews.com

 

Just Posted

Victoria’s Other Secret not so secret anymore

How six Mount Doug teachers turned a lunch jam into $11,000 raised for charity

PHOTOS: Inside the opening of the expanded Westhills Stadium

The grand opening of the expanded stadium in Langford is on schedule for Aug. 24

Award-nominated Snotty Nose Rez Kids headline Indigifest 2019 coming to Victoria

Scheduled for Aug. 24, the event is a showcase of Indigenous musicians from around B.C.

Cycslists were all smiles during ninth Tour de Victoria

More than 2,100 cyclists participated

‘I’m just absolutely disgusted’: Husband furious after Const. Beckett’s killer gets day parole

Kenneth Fenton was sentenced to prison after he fatally struck Const. Sarah Beckett’s cruiser

QUIZ: How much do you remember about Woodstock?

Weekend music festival in Bethel, New York, was held 50 years ago

‘It’s just the freedom:’ Paralyzed Broncos player pursuing life on the water

The former Humboldt Broncos goaltender, who started in the net when he was nine, was paralyzed last year

Canadians killed in Afghanistan honoured during emotional dedication ceremony

One-hundred-fifty-eight Canadian soldiers died during the mission

It’s snow joke: Up to 30 cm of snow expected to fall in northeastern B.C.

Alaska Highway, Fort Nelson to be hit with August snowstorm, according to Environment Canada

Sea-to-Sky Gondola in B.C. likely out of commission until 2020

Sea to Sky Gondola carries between 1,500 and 3,000 people every day during the summer season

Helicopter-riding dog Mr. Bentley now featured on cans of new B.C.-made beer

Partial proceeds from every pack go to Children’s Wish

PHOTOS: Weapons seized at Portland right-wing rally, counterprotests

Not all who gathered Saturday were with right-wing groups or antifa

Ferries employees participating in Denman Island cleanup for plastic-shedding ferry

The cleanup comes a few weeks after one organized by residents of the Island

Discussion on grief and loss between Stephen Colbert, Anderson Cooper goes viral

The exchange includes emotional question from Cooper, and outlook on grief as a child

Most Read