Resignations from top village employees

Yet another two staff positions within the Village of Burns Lake have become vacant over the past week, for a total of village staff position vacant in just one month.

Yet another two staff positions within the Village of Burns Lake have become vacant over the past week, for a total of three village staff positions now vacant in just one month.

Recently new recreation director Dan Deschamps handed in his resignation to the Village of Burns Lake after just five months on the job.

As reported in Lakes District News edition of Dec. 15, 2010 Village of Burns Lake chief administrative officer Tim Palmer said Deschamps resignation was due to family reasons.

The latest two employee positions to become vacant are the chief administrative officer position held by Tim Palmer and the director of engineering position held by long time village employee Paul Carver.

Carver had just recently returned to work after a period of extended time off for personal reasons and was present at the council table during the December 2010 budget talks.

“The director of engineering has left employment with the Village of Burns Lake,” said Palmer.

Carver confirmed his resignation to Lakes District News last week saying that he left the job for personal reasons.

Lakes District News also asked if the director of engineering position was to be advertised and filled again in the near future to which Palmer responded, “The vacancy is under review.”

Then, late last week Palmer also announced his resignation via a letter which was addressed to council.

“I have accepted the chief administrative position in Revelstoke,  this is a great opportunity that I am very excited about,” he wrote.

In his letter Palmer also said, “As a council, you have collectively demonstrated a willingness to lead the community, even when the decisions were difficult and not popular.  Individually your passion for the best for the community has been evident,” Palmer wrote.

He went on to say, “Burns Lake is fortunate to have such talented and dedicated staff in the office, public works and the arena.”

  “I encourage you to continue to recognize their commitment and passion for the community. I will especially miss them when I leave,” he added.

Palmer starts his chief administrative officer position with the City of Revelstoke effective Feb. 28, 2011.