Vancouver's Beth James has emerged as the successful candidate in the city's search for a new city manager.
After years in senior executive positions in the provincial government and a private sector management consultant, the North Shore native said she was pleased about the move to local government.
"I really am excited about coming and making a contribution to the community. I'm very interested in helping the community leverage the opportunities that I think are likely to come to the north," said James, adding she was "eager to work with the mayor and council and City of Prince George staff to make a contribution to the goals and objectives of the citizens of Prince George and the myPG strategic plan."
James will take over the office from acting city manager Kathleen Soltis on May 1.
The national search to replace Derek Bates, who left the city after six years as chief administrative officer in October, was conducted with the help of Vancouver-based recruitment firm Odgers Berndston.
According to Mayor Shari Green, there were approximately 40 applications received for the position, which pays $212,000 per year.
In her contract, James will receive the same basic benefits entitlements as all exempt city staff, a $6,000 per year vehicle allowance and 30 vacations days. In the event she leaves the job, her severance package will consist of six months' salary plus one month per year of service, to a maximum of 18 months. Since she's coming from out of town, James will also receive a one-time $25,000 relocation allowance.