Scheffel soon to leave Burns Lake to join up with B.C. Liberal team

Village’s first economic development officer, Emile Scheffel has been catapulted into the top job in the B.C. Liberals communications team.

After a short stay in Burns Lake as the village’s first economic development officer (EDO), Emile Scheffel has been catapulted into the top job in the B.C. Liberals communications team.

Scheffel’s new position as the director of communications for the B.C. Liberals was announced on Aug. 14, 2013 in Victoria.

His five month’s in Burns Lake were long enough for Scheffel to be involved in shaping recent changes to Village of Burns Lake (VBL) business taxation policies to encourage investment in property improvements.

He was also part of the recently introduced Love Burns Lake program and was undertaking a facilitator role between local merchants and village planners in the further development of the Facade Improvement Program.

The VBL intends to find a replacement for Scheffel, but according to Sheryl Worthing, VBL chief administrative officer, there is no time line in place yet for a new hire. A short term of employment means that some upfront expenses associated with an executive hiring, like moving allowances or training expenses, are not pro-rated over the long term.

“Reasonable moving expenses are a necessity of attracting staff from outside the North and amount to a manageable investment when spread over several months,” Worthing explained. “The work the [Scheffel] has done over the short time he has been here will prove to be a reasonable return on that investment.”

Scheffel’s employment with the Village of Burns lake will end on Sept. 30, 2013.


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