Saanich’s new CAO hired from within

Saanich’s director of finance has been promoted to Chief Administrative Officer, the municipality’s top civilian position.

Saanich’s director of finance has been promoted to Chief Administrative Officer, the municipality’s top civilian position.

Paul Murray, who’s been with Saanich since 2001, says he’s looking forward to continuing work with the municipality, but in a slightly different facet.

“The community here is wonderful. And as an organization, Saanich is one of the top places to be able to work because it’s well known for being quietly progressive and very stable, and a place where you can really make a contribution,” he said. “Stepping up to take on the primary responsibility for the organization is going to be challenging and I’m very excited.”

Murray’s career in Saanich began as director of corporate projects. He was promoted to director of finance in 2004.

Since then, Murray says he’s been lucky enough to take on somewhat of a leadership role at the municipality.

“This will change my role a little bit, and let me better support, and encourage and motivate the staff here,” he said.

Murray will take over from outgoing CAO Tim Wood after he retires on May 31.

Mayor Frank Leonard said, “(Murray’s) strategic and progressive leadership style combined with his understanding of local government will serve Saanich well.”

The search for Wood’s replacement, conducted by James R. Craven and Associates, started in February and closed March 9.

The position pays $184,000 to start, eventually topping out at $215,000 per year.

Murray describes his new job as a duel leadership role, balancing the wants of council and community.

“It’s going to be a wonderful challenge.”

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