FVRD lends a hand to Cultus Lake Park Board

The operational audit by regional district staff, will include a review of park board structure, operations and human resources

An audit of Cultus Lake Park Board operations is underway now by Fraser Valley Regional District. The operational audit will include a review of the administrative structure

An audit of Cultus Lake Park Board operations is underway now by Fraser Valley Regional District.

Park Board commissioners put in a formal request to FVRD recently to review their operation and offer some recommendations as to the best way to move forward.

As the larger local government entity, the FVRD has the expertise, ability and resources to lend a hand to the Park Board in this way, said Paul Gipps, chief administrative officer of the FVRD.

“The Park Board is a small organization with limited abilities, and everything costs money.”

The operational audit by FVRD staff, will include a review of the administrative structure, operations and human resources at Cultus Lake Park.

Human resources management is one of those “tricky things” best left to the experts, and is not something they do at the regional district “off the side of our desks,” he said.

“We have a very good system in place,” Gipps noted, along with a solid “track record” as a large local government, with experts and specialists on staff who can effectively assess the Park Board’s administrative structure.

“We are reviewing options and will get back to the Park Board with some recommendations and insight into their operation.”

Ron Campbell, CAO of the Cultus Lake Park Board, was terminated after six years of service as senior administrator at Cultus Lake Park, following a vote by the park board in March. Shortly after the termination, the request for the operational audit was sent to the FVRD board.

The Cultus Lake Park Board underwent a major structural change a little more than a year ago, when provincial legislation was passed reducing the board from seven to five commissioners, with three elected by Cultus residents, and two by Chilliwack residents. The goal was to increase accountability and democracy at Cultus Lake.

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