Sargent leaving town CAO job

Town of Smithers Chief Administrative Officer Deborah Sargent is leaving, going to Campbell River as city manager

The Town of Smithers is looking for a new person at the top.

After nine years at the helm of the town, Chief Administrative Officer Deborah Sargent is leaving. She is moving to Campbell River where she will be the city manager. She starts there September 14.

I have been fortunate to work for the Town of Smithers and have appreciated very positive working relationships with council, staff and residents over my tenure,” said Sargent. “Smithers is a wonderful community and I will miss the collaborative spirit of community engagement that flourishes here. I would like to thank our mayor and council, senior management team, town staff and community for their support over the years in realizing lasting improvements to the Town.”

During her nine years here, Sargent helped the Town achieve many notable accomplishments, including expansion of the airport runway, establishment of the Wetzink’wa Community Forest, development of Willowvale and Ambleside subdivisions, signing of a protocol with the Office of the Wet’suwet’en and construction of Smithers’ second ice arena.

Deborah has made a tremendous contribution to Smithers during her time here,” said Smithers Mayor Taylor Bachrach. “She is leaving us with a strong foundation and an excellent team and administrative structure to see us through the next steps in our long-term development. Council and I thank her for her service to our community and congratulate her on her exciting new position.”

The town has started a search for Sargent’s replacement. Her last day on the job here will be September 11.