Valemount’s Corporate Officer and Planner Andrew Young has accepted the position of Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) with the District of Wells, BC.

“I am very excited to be taking on this opportunity and look forward to working with Council, staff and residents to shape the future of the District,” he said in an email.

His resignation is effective March 31st.

Young has worked at the Village for just over a year, since Nov. 2014. At the time he was hired, he was also president of the Planning Institute of BC, a professional association of people who work on land use and development planning, municipal and regional planning, and other areas. Young currently serves as Past President for the association.

“I wish to acknowledge and thank the Council and my colleagues at the Village of Valemount,” he wrote in an email. “It has been a wonderful experience working in Valemount. I also wish to thank the residents of Valemount for their generous welcome and ongoing friendship. You have made my time here rich and rewarding.”

After starting with the Village, Young told the Goat he was excited to move to Valemount for two reasons, one personal and one professional. The job brought him closer to his wife in Prince George. He’d also been looking for opportunities to learn more about the administrative side of municipal government, and was excited to work on planning issues related to the proposed ski and sightseeing resort just west of Valemount.

Wells is just west of Valemount but on the other side of the mountains, a community of 245 residents as of the 2011 Census, and the gateway to Barkerville Historic Town and other provincial parks.

The Village of Valemount just hired a new Chief Administrative Officer, due to start work March 7th. It looks like one of his first jobs will be to hire a new Corporate Officer.