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Okanagan regional district appoints new chief administrator

Jim Zaffino named to position during special meeting on Nov. 30
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has appointed a new administrator. (Black Press file photo)

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen board has appointed Jim Zaffino as chief administrative officer.

The decision, by unanimous vote, took place during a special meeting of the board on Nov. 30 at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre.

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“The board is excited to have Jim lead the transition over the next year,” said Mark Pendergraft, chair of the regional district. “The board is proud to have an individual of Jim’s calibre and expertise in-house and able to support the Regional District without interruption.”

He added that Zaffino will share his expertise during the hiring process for a permanent administrator, beginning in late 2024.

“I’m looking forward to continuing to support the RDOS Board and staff to accomplish the organization’s strategic priorities,” said Zaffino. “Staff are focused on striving for customer service excellence and fiscal responsibility.”

In late October, the regional district and longtime administrator Bill Newell parted ways, leaving the regional district with a vacancy in that position.

Zaffino has served as the senior manager of finance at the regional district.

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