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Village of Anmore hires a new CAO from within

Anmore Mayor John McEwen named corporate officer Karen Elrick to the village's top job last month.
Karen Elrick is the new chief administrative officer for the Village of Anmore.

The Village of Anmore has a new chief administrative officer (CAO).

Last month, Mayor John McEwen named Karen Elrick to the top job to replace Juli Halliwell, who left last November to become the general manager of corporate services for the City of Burnaby.

Previously, Elrick was Anmore's corporate officer for four years and served as acting CAO for four months before the appointment.

In her new role, Elrick will oversee day-to-day operations of the 2,500-resident community north of Port Moody, as well as human resources, economic development and public land management for the village hall, and advise council.

"We're extremely fortunate to have Karen take on this role as she has been an asset to our management team, and her education, experience, leadership skills and knowledge of our community are exactly what we need," McEwen said in a news release.

"While we had several good responses through our extensive recruitment process, it became clear that Karen was the best candidate as she is highly respected in the organization and broader community, and has an exemplary track record as a senior manager in local government."

Elrick's transition is not the only major municipal leadership move in the Tri-Cities recently.

In January, Coquitlam's city manager Peter Steblin retired and, last month, the city's general manager of planning and development Don Luymes returned to Surrey.

This month, Jay Gilbert, Coquitlam's former city clerk and the current director of intergovernmental relations and legislative services, is expected to retire from the City of Coquitlam.