What we do: The Chief Administrative Officer oversees the administration of the municipality, its officers and employees. Administration keeps Council informed on corporate matters, advises Council on policy and other matters, and ensures Council policies are implemented. The Administration team at the District of Sechelt consists of Communications, Arts and Culture, Human Resources and Council support and works closely with all other departments.
What we do: The Communications Department implements and coordinates the corporate communications, engagement and marketing for the organization as well as providing support to Council by managing council correspondence, booking meetings and travel and providing support for their community meetings. The department works to ensure open and transparent government is achieved utilizing in-person and digital channels.
In addition to internal and external communications, this department supports and leverages the work of Sunshine Coast Tourism in promoting Sechelt as the premier destination for Sunshine Coast visitors; managing the Sechelt Visitor Information Centre; initiating economic development activities and supports the work of the Sunshine Coast Regional Economic Development Organization; and, is responsible for the marketing and booking of community facilities.
Mayor and Council welcome input from all community members. This department receives comments and questions on social media, through email, face-to-face and by way of letters. Staff document each item and ensure responses and acknowledgements are issued.
What we do: Human Resources works closely with all departments through providing advice, guidance, recommendations and support in all areas of human resources while adhering to all applicable legislation. This includes recruitment and selection; liaising with the Union, Desjardins, the Municipal Pension Plan, occupational health and safety consultants, lawyers and WorkSafe BC; administering employment contracts and the Collective Agreement; researching and implementing policies; coordinating and conducting employee orientation, performance reviews, performance coaching, training and organizational development, exit interviews, incident investigations; classifying job descriptions; labour and employee relations; managing disability claims; succession planning; and employee wellness initiatives.
Human Resources ensures organizational compliance with the legal framework governing the relationship between an employer and its employees such as the Employment Standards Act, BC Human Rights Code, Occupational Health and Safety Regulations etc.
The Corporate Services Department responsible for the corporate and legislative services of the District including the preparation, preservation and safekeeping of minutes, bylaws and records of Council and committee business, legal documents, administration of oaths, certifying District documents and other duties established in the Community Charter. The Corporate Officer is the District’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Officer.
The Finance Department oversees the financial operations of the District and coordinates ongoing financial planning. The Finance Department provides financial information, advice and direction to Council, departments, outside agencies, as well as the public. In addition, this department is responsible for general accounting, taxation, accounts receivable, budgeting, payroll administration, investments, purchasing, grant writing, property insurance. The Finance Department also oversees the operations at the airport.
The role of IT is to function as a partner in the development and enhancement of business processes. IT works collaboratively with our clients to provide the technologies that support current and future services for Sechelt citizens. IT services include:
- Provide a solid, secure infrastructure for staff
- Troubleshoot technology issues.
- Streamline business processes through technology.
- Install, manage and support all hardware, software and communications assets including infrastructure, telephone and audio visual systems, desktop computers and mobile computing devices.
- Provision of geographic information systems which include detailed asset and cadastral mapping information which tracks properties, right of ways, zonings, and the location of sewer and road assets.
Bylaws are designed to protect public safety and enhance livability within the municipality. Bylaw Enforcement Officers routinely encompass both an enforcement and liaison role within the community They are responsible for bylaw enforcement and ensuring compliance with Council bylaws through education, mediation, enforcement and, when required, prosecution. In addition to land use and property related bylaws, the department maintains bylaws on such issues as noise, unsightly premises, pesticides, dog licensing and control. Department activities also include bylaw development, bylaw review and updating, best practices review, training, reporting and collaborating with a broad range of agencies including the RCMP, Vancouver Coastal Health, Transport Canada, Sunshine Coast Mental Health & Addiction Services, Ministry of Agriculture and the Sechelt Fire Department.
Mayor and Council
The primary responsibility of Mayor and Council, as an elected body, is to create regulatory and budgetary policies that represent the aspirations of Sechelt’s residents. These priorities are implicit in the programs set forth and adopted in the District’s annual operating budget. The Council’s services include, but are not limited to: policy formation; community leadership; committees and commissions; governmental communication and collaboration; and public communication.
The Sechelt Airport is located at the top of Field Road in Wilson Creek. The airport currently provides service to the public via three commercial operators. Land lots at the airport are available to lease for commercial and recreational purposes. An airport expansion plan has been proposed to attract more business to the District.
This section captures revenues, expenses and debt payments that are not attached to a specific department or activity.