Ex-Kelowna CAO steps in

UPDATE: 2:40 p.m.

Ron Mattiussi is honoured to be back in the saddle as interim chief administrative officer for Summerland, despite having enjoyed retirement from his Kelowna CAO job for only about a year.

"I'm a lousy golfer, I just had to confirm how lousy I was," Mattiussi said with a chuckle. "So with a new golf season starting, rather than go beat up all those golf courses, I thought I should come in and do something good for society."

It's been less than a week since he was asked to step in on an interim basis for former Summerland CAO Linda Tynan. It all happened fast, with Mattiussi's appointment confirmed on Friday and his official introduction to district council taking place on Monday at a Committee of the Whole meeting. 

Mattiussi calls Summerland a "great community," with "great staff and council." But he won't be coming out of retirement to seek the job permanently. 

"I think I'd rather enjoy retirement," he said with a laugh. 

He expects the recruitment and hiring process could take two to four months, during which time he is happy to hold down the fort as CAO. 

ORIGINAL: 1:45 p.m.

Summerland chief administrative officer Linda Tynan resigned abruptly last week, so an experienced hand has stepped in on an interim basis while the district seeks a permanent solution. 

Ron Mattiussi will be taking over the job for the time being. 

Mattiussi is the former CAO for the City of Kelowna, having retired in 2018. He held that position for 13 years. 

Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran praised Mattiussi's skills at the time. 

"You have helped change this city in so many positive ways, and your impact and the initiatives you have helped council initiate will have lasting impacts on this city for generations," he said. 

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