Municipal manager Trafford Hall has called it a day.
Mayor Joanne Monaghan announced the departure at council’s February 7 meeting.
Reading a prepared statement, Monaghan said, “I would like to inform everyone that our long term municipal manager, Mr. Trafford Hall, will be leaving his position as manager of the District of Kitimat.
“Mr. Hall will stay at his post through the important budget deliberations scheduled through February and will finish work on March 31.
“Mr. Hall’s departure was carefully considered by council and Mr. Hall and the decision of his leaving is a mutual one which we agreed to be in the best interests of both the District of Kitimat and for Mr. Hall.
“I want to thank Mr. Hall for his dedicated service during his 17 years with the district and I wish him all the best in his future.”
Monaghan later told the Sentinel that the city already has a recruiting company searching for a replacement and that firm already has a couple of possibilities from applicants for another municipal manager position that it recently handled.
Asked if there had been any consideration of promotion from within, Monaghan replied, “They can if they want to, if they want to answer the advertisement.”
As to Hall’s severance package, Monaghan declined to release those details. However, she had been assured by independent sources that the figure was not out of line with the norm for such positions.