The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George announced Jim Martin as their new chief administrative officer, a position he has held on an interim basis since January.
He credits his interim position as being “good for me to experience the administrative role and what they engage in.”
“He has a great sense of humor, and is very knowledgeable about the board. He is a great fit,” said Art Kaehn, chairman of the board, one of the 14 people on the regional district board who reviewed the five candidates who applied for the position.
“They have to be a people person,” Kaehn said of the type of person required to fill the position. Martin’s sense of humour was a strong asset in filling this requirement.
The job requires him to communicate with politicians, municipal representatives, First Nations groups, and many businesses.
Martin has a history in commitment to First Nations concerns, on a corporate level, having worked on a treaty and stronger partnership with the Lheidli T’enneh people.
Martin joined the regional district 13 years ago in the solid waste management sector. Over the years he was promoted a few times, progressing in the board as a result of gained experience.
His current position as chief administrative officer entails Martin “to work with the board and take governance policy and to make sure we have the resources” in order to do what they say they are going to do. They set up the policy, and it’s Martin’s job to implement it.
These areas include 9-11 services and waste management, in addition to the 11 strategic priorities the board has implemented, included relations with First Nations, economic diversification, cultural diversification, transportation infrastructure, healthy communities, public safety, corporate image, service provision, mountain pine beetle, succession planning, and comprehensive planning for the region.
“He [also] covers lots of little issues that have boiled up,” said Kaehn.
“He has a strong understanding of our organization, the services we provide and our commitment to partnerships with our electoral areas, member municipalities and First Nations partners,” said Martin, who is clearly happy that the board selected Martin.