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Reynolds hires new CAO

By: Jordan Ross

Posted: 11/11/2017 8:00 AM

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Nearly two months to the day after RM of Reynolds council terminated long-time chief administrative officer Trudy Turchyn for reasons that remain under wraps, Yann Boissonneault began his first day in the full-time role.

A self-employed project management and web communication consultant for the past 15 years who also volunteers with the Tache Community Development Corporation, Boissonneault said his first foray into municipal administration has been "a big adjustment," but a welcome one.

A manager will take over day-to-day operations of his consulting business while he retains ownership.

"I’m just overseeing from afar. A hundred percent of my energies are for the role of CAO here in Reynolds," he said.

Boissonneault’s first day on the job was Oct. 23. Reeve David Turchyn said this week he believed council unanimously supported the hiring, but individual votes were not recorded in the Oct. 10 decision.

The new CAO, who is finishing a certificate program in municipal administration, said information gathering is at the top of his to-do list. Numerous recent council decisions were tabled until the municipality could find a new permanent replacement, including reviews of its organizational and procedural bylaws.

Though he entered his new position following a period of turmoil between administration and council, Boissonneault said he was told "very little" about the circumstances surrounding his predecessor’s departure.

"The consultant they hired in the interim, and council, were really focused in moving forward in a positive direction for the future, so I didn’t…delve into what happened in the past. It was more about what I could do for them in the future," he said.

David Turchyn declined to provide more information to The Carillon this week on the reasons for the August termination. Boissonneault said it remains unknown whether Trudy Turchyn will pursue legal action against the municipality. In September, she told The Carillon she had retained legal counsel.

Council minutes state Boissonneault will be compensated at an annual rate of $81,000 during his first three months as CAO, with $1,200 increases after three and six months pending positive employee evaluations.

Conducted with council input by consultant and interim CAO Colleen Johnson, the reeve said the evaluations are a new practice, "to make sure that you do have the proper people to do the proper job."

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