The Regional Distric Board of Directors discussed the recent hiring of a Communications Officer during the board’s Corporate Services Committee meeting.
Chief Adminsitrative Officer Bill Newell explained to the board that one of the organization’s action plans was to “promote good news stories in 2013 and report” as well as to “ identify a delivery mechanism for better communication with our citizens.”
“ How are we measuring results?” asked Keremeos Director Bauer, who felt that citizens input should be gauged in assessing the position’s effectiveness.
West Bench Director Michael Brydon asked for a breakdown of where the money was coming from in the budget to pay for the temporary, $32 per hour position.
Twenty-five thousand dollars had been set aside in the 2013 budget for the position, the rest coming out of individual department’s communications budgets.
An assessment of the position’s effectiveness will be made at the end of the year.
Two directors – Area “D” Director Tom Siddon, and Area “H” Director Brad Hope – indicated that their experience working with Communications Officer Andrew Stuckey had been positive and useful.