RDCK hires new boss

Williams Lake city manager Brian Carruthers has been hired as the new administrator of the Regional District of Central Kootenay.

Brian Carruthers is leaving Williams Lake to take over the top job at the Regional District of Central Kootenay.

Williams Lake city manager Brian Carruthers has been hired as the new administrator of the Regional District of Central Kootenay.

He takes over his new job based in Nelson on November 19.

“The board is excited to welcome Brian to the RDCK family,” chair John Kettle said in a news release. “We believe he will be a great fit with our organization and look forward to his leadership and vision.”

Carruthers spent 11 years with the city — two as director leisure services, six as general manager of community services, and the last three as chief administrative officer.

He also worked for BC Parks for 20 years, where he served in various places around the province. Additionally, he was the protected areas section head for the Ministry of Environment in the Cariboo before joining local government in 2001.

“I am delighted to be assuming the role of chief administrative officer for the RDCK and moving to Nelson,” Carruthers.

“I look forward to bringing my experience in both provincial and local government to the position and helping the RDCK board and staff team continue to provide quality services to the citizens of the regional district.”

Carruthers replaces Jim Gustafson at the RDCK, who is retiring after five years, but will continue to work for the organization on contract until Christmas to help resolve outstanding issues and help with the transition.

Gustafson was previously Castlegar’s city manager for 13 years.

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