Village Staff

Each staff member is responsible for particular operations within the municipality.  If you are looking for a particular staff member or department, see the directory below.  If you would like to contact a particular staff member, please visit the Contact Us page.

Valemount VIC

Staff Directory

Eric Depenau

Chief Administrative Officer / Corporate Officer

The Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) is the overall manager of Village Administration and Operations. Being Council’s only Staff member, the CAO is the link between Village Council and Village Staff.

The Corporate Officer (CO) is a statutory officer position as required under Section 148 of the Community Charter. The CO ensures the proper administration of all Council and related Committee business, including but not limited to taking of minutes, keeping of bylaws and ensuring access to records as required by law. The CO administers oaths, affidavits and declarations under Acts relating to local governments, and receives all documents, correspondences and notices on behalf of the Village.

Lori McNee

Director of Finance

Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer the Director of Finance provides financial administration and supervision over the finance division for the Village of Valemount. This includes legal advice and proceedings, awarding tenders, human resources and general administration.

Carleena Shepherd

Deputy Corporate Officer

The Deputy Corporate Officer is responsible for Council Meeting Agendas and Minutes, various licensing and permitting processes, Cemetery Administration, Records Management and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Administration.  

Silvio Gislimberti

Economic Development Officer/IT

The Economic Development Officer acts as the municipality’s primary economic development contact and implements economic initiatives of the municipality. The Economic Development Officer’s role includes work at a strategic, operational and implementation level such as seeking funds, developing partnerships, creating and implementing plans, and managing projects.

Krista Etty

Land Use Planner

The Land Use Planner is responsible for activities and inquiries related to land use, development, zoning, long term planning, parkland and trails within Valemount. 

Suzanne Bloodoff

Deputy Director of Finance/Emergency Program Coordinator

The Deputy Director of Finance is responsible for payroll, human resources, health/safety plan and financial tasks as delegated by the Director of Finance. 

The Emergency Program Coordinator is in charge of emergency management including planning, training, documentation and active emergency files and serves as the Emergency Operations Centre Deputy Director.

Dean Schneider

Building Inspector

The Building Inspector is responsible for issuing building permits and completing building inspections and fire /safety inspections. 

Clayton Gee

Bylaw & Animal Control Officer

The Bylaw Officer provides investigation, adjudication, information and general enforcement of Village bylaws and animal control services.

Trevor Pelletier

Public Works Superintendent

The Public Works Superintendent provides expert professional assistance to the CAO in areas of expertise including engineering, municipal water, sewer collection, wastewater collection, street maintenance, building and landscape maintenance.

Other responsibilities include policy development, program planning, fiscal management, administration, and operational direction of the Village’s public works, water distribution, sewer and wastewater collection system and maintenance functions.

Tracey Dennis

Grant Clerk/Communications Coordinator

The Grant Clerk is responsible for completing and submitting funding applications and completing grant reporting on behalf of the Village of Valemount as well as offering grant writing services to the community. The Grant Clerk oversees funding programs offered by the Village including the Columbia Basin Trust ReDi Grants Program, Business Façade Improvement Program, and Community Wood Smoke Reduction Program.

All advertising and social media is handled by the Communications Coordinator; this includes website updates, Facebook posts, monthly newsletters, and weekly newspaper ads.  

Darcie Kwasnycia

Accounts Payable Clerk/Administrative Services Clerk

The Accounts Payable Clerk is involved in providing financial, administrative and clerical support to the organization as well as Coordinating conferences and training for staff.

The Administrative Services Clerk handles all front desk responsibilities including assisting residents with property tax or utility inquiries, general inquiries, processing payments, and facility bookings.   

Stefanie Han

Administrative Services Clerk

The Administrative Services Clerk handles all front desk responsibilities including assisting residents with property tax or utility inquiries, general inquiries, processing payments, and facility bookings.

Public Works

Our focus at Public Works is the provision of safe potable water, operation of the wastewater disposal system (sewer) and maintenance of roads and sidewalks. Other related responsibilities include garbage collection, cemetery maintenance (burials/headstone installations), and infrastructure maintenance (water and sewer systems, Village buildings and properties, street lighting and the airport). The Public Works team includes:

  • Melanie Hystad- Water Treatment Plant Operator 2
  • Daniel Schnell- Water Operator 1
  • Dave McRae- Sewage Treatment Operator 1
  • Rob Bustin- Sewage Treatment Operator 1
  • Kevin Chalupa- Labourer
  • Alison Orpen- Labourer
  • Al McMaster- Seasonal Labourer
  • Garnet Janum- Seasonal Support Worker

Orlanda Tassone

Visitor Information Centre Coordinator

The Visitor Information Centre Coordinator is responsible for administrative duties and overseeing the operation of the Visitor Information Centre.

Ernie Romanow

Visitor Information Centre Counsellor

Visitor Information Centre Counsellors identify a visitor’s needs, offers information and provides services.