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New Revelstoke city communications and administration director resigns

The Times Review interviewed the new City of Revelstoke administration and communications director in the week before Remembrance Day. Huntley resigned on Jan. 7, 2014, saying the position has been
The Times Review interviewed the new City of Revelstoke administration and communications director in the week before Remembrance Day. Huntley resigned on Jan. 7, 2014, saying the position has been 'challenging.'
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After just over two months on the job, the City of Revelstoke's administration and communications director has resigned.

Lyle Huntley was hired as the Director of Corporate Administration and Communications in late October, 2013.

In an interview with the Times Review, City of Revelstoke Chief Administrative Officer Tim Palmer said Huntley handed in his resignation on the morning of Jan. 7 and departed that day.

Huntley's new position was a split between city administration duties and a new communications position. On Jan. 1, he also took over as the coordinator of the city's emergency program after the city ended its contract with the former emergency program coordinator.

Huntley issued a brief statement in a media release: "The time I have spent at the City of Revelstoke, while short, has been rewarding and challenging at the same time."

When asked why Huntley had resigned, Palmer said the City of Revelstoke wasn't the right fit: "He's decided that the position wasn't the right fit for him for his career path."

The Director of Communication portfolio was new to Revelstoke, and Palmer said the position would be reviewed.

He said he will recommend that he himself is re-appointed as Director of Corporate Administration in the interim.

As for the emergency program coordinator, Palmer said the City of Revelstoke has qualified staff who have experience with emergency coordination.

"I'll need to address [the emergency program coordinator position] right away and make sure someone is appointed to that right away," Palmer said.

When asked if Huntley's departure was a setback for the City of Revelstoke, Palmer said no.

"Whenever you have a good person leaving an organization, I guess it is a very short term setback but it's also an opportunity for moving ahead," Palmer said.

In a statement, Palmer wished Huntley the best in the future.

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