Linda Tynan

Linda Tynan

Experienced Chief Administrative Officer

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Linda Tynan



British Columbia




Bachelor's Degree

Over 16 years as a senior local government manager in mid-sized and small municipalities.

Bachelor of Business Administration (SFU) and Chartered Professional Accountant (CGA)

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Work Experience

District of Summerland

Chief Administrative Officer

March 2015 — April 2019

Summerland is a District Municipality with a population of 11,700. The CAO is the sole employee of Mayor and Council and responsible for fulfilling council’s strategic objectives and overseeing the operations of the organization.
Played a key role in refining council’s strategic direction and establishing priorities, rebuilding a solid management team, improving bargaining unit (CUPE, IBEW)-management relationships, strengthening fiscal practices, addressing long standing unresolved challenges facing the District and initiating/implementing strategic projects such as the $6m Solar & Battery Storage project, Sustainability and Alternate energy program, the Economic Development revitalization project, Arts and Cultural Centre, large capital water separation project, and many others. Played a key role in obtaining grant funding for innovative projects.

Village of Nakusp

Chief Administrative Officer

January 2011 — March 2015

The municipality of Nakusp was facing significant challenges and was in need of strong leadership to overcome the obstacles it was facing when I came as CAO. With large capital projects in a neglected state, including a water treatment plant, sewer treatment plant, micro hydro energy plant, and others, underway, poor fiscal management and unresolved HR issues pending, I accepted the challenge despite the smaller size of the municipality. Developed a strong management team and reorganized the structure of the organization. I implemented a tax and financing strategy, and restructured the utility rates. Effectively led council through priority planning and development of a strategic vision. Worked closely with council to define visions for the Nakusp Hot Springs and Nakusp Community Forest and oversaw the micro-hydro energy project. Responsible for land use management and planning.

City of Nelson

Chief Financial Officer/Director of Corporate Services

May 2006 — December 2010

Serving as the Chief Financial Officer and the Corporate Officer roles along with Acting Chief Administrative Officer, this was a diverse position which also lead the Planning/Building Inspection Department, Community Services and IT. The City of Nelson has its own police force, professional fire department, electrical utility and transit services therefore the experience was broad. Worked very closely with Mayor and Council in numerous initiatives.

Regional District of Central Kootenay

Director of Community Services

January 2004 — May 2006

The Regional District of Central Kootenay serves a wide geographical area. There are over 130 services in the RDCK. I left my role as a senior manager at RDCK to accept the Director of Corporate Services/CFO position at the City of Nelson, however my experience was extremely positive and invaluable in understanding the dynamics of relationships between municipalities and the Regional district and the importance of encouraging regional initiatives. This senior management position held overall responsibility for the management and effective operation of a wide range of services (Emergency Planning, Fire Protection, Libraries, Regional Parks, E-911 and Recreation Services including three community complexes).


Chartered Professional Accountant

Chartered Professional Accountant

1991 — 1995

Simon Fraser University

Bachelor of Business Administration

1980 — 1984

Organizational Development focus