The Village of Cache Creek is pleased to welcome its new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Melany de Weerdt who started with the Village on July 20. After reviewing dozens of resumes and interviewing the top finalists, Council selected Ms. De Weerdt to fill this critical position due to the recent departure of previous CAO Dan Plamondon.
“We are absolutely delighted to welcome Ms. de Weerdt as CAO,” said Mayor John Ranta. With her extensive municipal experience combined with a private sector background, Ms. de Weerdt is able to immediately step into the CAO role and have a positive impact that will help move the Village forward.”
From 2010 through 2015, Ms. de Weerdt was the Chief Financial Officer as well as the Deputy CAO for the District of Taylor as well as the Deputy CAO. During that time, she provided leadership and direction to the municipal employees and successfully implemented Council’s strategies, objectives and policies for the municipality. She implemented major revisions to the community’s annual budget process, financial plan and annual report, making the documents understandable and useful to Council, businesses and the residents. She successfully applied for and reported on numerous grants that supported infrastructure projects and community service initiatives. She was the lead on the partnership with Livecare at the Taylor Medical Clinic, which provides critical medical services to the community; the partnership was established subsequent to the Clinic’s closure in February 2014 resulting from a loss of doctors.
“Ms. de Weerdt brings a wealth of practical, organizational and managerial knowledge to the position,” said Mayor Ranta. “Cache Creek is faced with challenges to recover from the recent flood, personnel challenges to recent and upcoming retirements and major infrastructure requirements ahead. Ms. de Weerdt’s previous experience, knowledge of local government, focus on financial accountability and commitment to open and proactive government make her an excellent choice for CAO. Council is thrilled to welcome her into this new role.”