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District of Sooke CAO taking medical leave

McInnis will be undergoing cancer treatment.

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Norm McInnis, CAO, District of Sooke

Wednesday April 27, 2022 | SOOKE, BC

by Mary P Brooke | Island Social Trends

On the job as the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) at the District of Sooke since 2019, Norm McInnis is taking a medical leave, it was announced today by the municipality.

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District of Sooke CAO Norm McInnis during an event June 30, 2021 in Sooke. [Island Social Trends]

McInnis will be undergoing cancer treatment. His medical leave begins May 2, 2022.

“Norm has made such a tremendous contribution to Sooke since joining our team in 2019, and we are standing with him as he undergoes treatment,” said Sooke Mayor Maja Tait in a news release this afternoon around 3 pm.

McInnis has been well-liked, and seemed to slide easily and amicably in the municipality’s top job in 2019.

Interim CAO:

Don Schaffer will be the interim CAO. McInnis is working with Schaffer — along with the district’s leadership team — to ensure a smooth transition for district staff and residents, it was outlined in today’s release.

Schaffer was the interim CAO before McInnis was hired to start on July 2, 2019. As a matter of record, in 2016 McInnis followed Schaeffer as CAO in Fernie, BC years ago.

Coming up three years:

McInnis has been on the job almost three years to date. He was originally selected from among 150 applicants.

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