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The District of Tumbler begins their search for a new Chief Administrative Officer as they end their relationship with Barry Elliott.

As a press release says, Mayor Don McPherson announced that District Council decided in a closed session last night to end the District’s employment relationship with Elliott.

He will be entitled to a severance payment in accordance with the terms of his employment contract.

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According to the same release, Council did not ‘make the decision lightly’, and it was on a ‘without cause basis.’

“While it has decided to go in a different direction and will be hiring a new CAO, Council wishes to acknowledge Mr. Elliott’s years of service and dedication to the District and wish him well in his future endeavours,” the press release reads.

Elliott joined the District of Tumbler Ridge on September 1, 2011.

According to the District website, which still has his biography online,  he has worked extensively in local government for more than 30 years, in three different provinces and in seven different communities.

He served 21 of these years as a department head in leisure and community services.

The District of Tumbler Ridge was not available to provide a comment with further information, and Elliott is declining comment “for now.”

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