The Sechelt First Nation has announced on its website that its new CAO will be Tracy Samra. NEWS BULLETIN file photo

The Sechelt First Nation has announced on its website that its new CAO will be Tracy Samra. NEWS BULLETIN file photo

Sechelt First Nation announces its new CAO is Tracy Samra

City of Nanaimo CAO confirms she’s received job offer from First Nation

The Sechelt First Nation has announced its new CAO will be Tracy Samra.

“The shíshálh Nation has appointed Tracy Samra as chief administrative officer,” reads the First Nation’s website, with a link only privately accessible.

Samra didn’t confirm the information, but said she expects make a public statement at Monday’s Nanaimo city council meeting.

“I have been given an offer by Sechelt,” she said. “They’ve given me an offer and I think it’s a wonderful opportunity.”

Samra was asked about a potential job offer with the Sechelt First Nation earlier in the week and said only that she remained under contract with the City of Nanaimo until 2020.

“Ms. Samra has not confirmed with council that she has resigned her position or that she’s taken a position elsewhere,” said Nanaimo Mayor Bill McKay on Wednesday evening.

The News Bulletin requested an interview with a member of Sechelt Nation council or spokesperson earlier this week; the First Nation did not reply.

Samra officially became the City of Nanaimo’s chief administrative officer in March 2016 after serving as the interim city manager since November 2015.

Samra, a member of the Saddle Lake Cree Nation in Alberta, is the first woman and aboriginal person to hold the top bureaucrat position at city hall.



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