Highlands CAO moves on to Victoria

Highlands' loss is Victoria's gain but not a surprise move

Highlands CAO Chris Coates has vacated his position after more than nine years of service to the District.

Highlands Mayor Ken Williams said Coates has contributed much to the District.

“He brings a wealth of experience to any position he holds in local government, given the diversity of … the types of positions he’s held,” Williams said in an email. “We are very saddened by his announcement to move on, but not surprised, and we wish him well and feel that the City of Victoria is very fortunate to have such a talented and capable individual join their staff.”

The Nov. 2 council meeting was Coates’ last and was a very special one at that. He was awarded the Highlands’ Medal of Honour for his outstanding service to the community.

Tim Woods will be stepping in as interim CAO, handling the transition to a permanent replacement.