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MEDIA RELEASE : City of Grand Forks Chief Administrative Officer Announces Retirement



City of Grand Forks’ Chief Administrative Officer Announces Retirement


Grand Forks, BC – September 10, 2019 – The City’s Chief Administrative Officer has announced her retirement from the City effective later this week.  Diane Heinrich advised Council earlier this month of her intentions and Council has determined next steps in succession planning.

Ms. Heinrich joined the City 12 years ago and advanced through a series of positions including Administrative Assistant and Corporate Officer before being appointed Chief Administrative Officer three years ago.

During her tenure, Ms. Heinrich spearheaded the Sustainable Infrastructure Investment Program (SIIP), designed to get the best use of available City resources through the post-flood recovery period.  She also implemented training programs to enable staff to advance in their careers in local government.  Mayor Brian Taylor, on behalf of City Council, specifically acknowledged her “great job with staff regarding succession training” when discussing Diane’s retirement.

After the challenges presented in managing a City recovering from natural disaster, Ms. Heinrich plans to focus her attention on more artistic pursuits, including her home-based glass art studio and her love of music.

Council recognizes that finding the right next CAO may take several months and will bring in an interim Administrator later this month until the search is completed.  The search for a new CAO will begin immediately.  Corporate Officer Daniel Drexler has been appointed as acting CAO until the interim replacement has been selected.