Central Saanich chooses new chief administrator

Patrick Robins of Princeton to replace Gary Nason as he retires in July

Central Saanich found its man.

The district appointed Patrick Robins new chief administrative officer to replace Gary Nason when he retires in July.

Robins was selected from more than 60 applicants in a nationwide search that started in January. He is currently the CAO and clerk-treasurer of Princeton, B.C.

Robins also served as CAO and clerk in Invermere and director of financial services in Squamish.

It’s a return to the Island for Robins, a graduate of the University of Victoria with a bachelor of arts in economics. He also holds a senior certificate in local government administration from the Provincial Board of Examiners and a diploma in accounting technology from the Certified Management Accountants Society of B.C.

Nason retires mid-July after 19 years with the district and 30 in local government. He is the Capital region’s longest-serving chief administrative officer.

Robins starts in Central Saanich on July 9.