CRD Combines Parks and Environmental Departments

Feb 19, 2013

Victoria, BC - Effective today, the Capital Regional District (CRD) will be combining the Parks and Community Services and Environmental Sustainability departments’ services under a newly aligned Parks and Environmental Services Department.

“Given the many synergies between the two operations, combining these two departments makes good operational and financial sense,” said Robert Lapham, CRD Chief Administrative Officer. “In the long term this will ensure the continuous effectiveness and efficiency of the services we provide.”

Leading this department will be Larisa Hutcheson, who has been assigned the role of General Manager, Parks and Environmental Services. Larisa was the former General Manager, Environmental Sustainability and has been acting in the role of General Manager, Parks and Community Services since October 2012 following the retirement of previous General Manager Lloyd Rushton.

“Larisa’s significant experience and qualifications in the field of environmental leadership and community services make her an ideal individual to assume this new role,” said Robert Lapham. “Her leadership has earned her the confidence and respect of the CRD Board and staff.”

As a result of this realignment, recruitment efforts will be refocused from hiring a General Manager, Parks and Community Services towards hiring a Senior Manager, Regional Parks who will oversee regional parks operations.

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For further information, please contact:
Andy Orr, Senior Manager
CRD Corporate Communications
Tel: 250.360.3229
Cell: 250.216.5492