Senior Management

Chief Administrative Officer
Dan Bottrill 

Email:  Dan Bottrill

On March 21, 2012, Dan Bottrill was appointed as the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the City of White Rock. As described in the Community Charter, the CAO is appointed by Council to manage and direct all City employees. The CAO is responsible for the implementation of Council policies and directives, providing input and advice to Council on policy-related issues, as well as assisting Council in setting corporate goals. 

Dan has over 25 years of executive leadership experience working in local government. As a Chartered Professional Accountant, he previously held the positions of Director Corporate Services, which included Finance, with the City of Abbotsford, and was the Deputy City Manager at the City of Surrey.

The City's staff is divided into the following ten departments reporting to the CAO:

  • Communications & Government Relations
  • Corporate Administration
  • Financial Services
  • Planning & Development Services
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Engineering & Municipal Operations
  • Recreation and Culture
  • White Rock Fire Rescue
  • Police

The leaders of each of these departments collectively constitute the City's Senior Management Team (SMT). The SMT report directly to the CAO and are responsible for directing and managing their respective departments.

Organizational Chart



Click the image of the Organizational Chart to enlarge. This organizational chart was updated in December 2017.


Manager, Communications & Government Relations
-  Farnaz Farrokhi

Email: Farnaz Farrokhi

Farnaz has over 10 years of experience in communications, marketing, and public relations. As a seasoned communications and public relations professional, Farnaz has work in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors where she advised senior executives on their marketing, communications, and public policy needs. Prior to joining the City of White Rock, in 2016, she was with the British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA) where she created and led internal and external communication plans supporting BCAA’s corporate strategies. She was also part of BCAA’s marketing communications product development team that launched Evo Car Share into Vancouver market in 2015.

Farnaz holds a Master of Arts in Professional Communication from Royal Roads University, complemented by a certificate in Advanced Project Management from Langara College, recognized by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) as one of its Registered Education Providers.


Director of Corporate Administration
- Tracey Arthur

Email: Tracey Arthur

Tracey is a Certified Municipal Clerk and has her accreditation under the National Association of Parliamentarians as a Registered Parliamentarian for her in-depth knowledge of parliamentary procedures.
Tracey was previously employed with the Township of Langley from 1990 - 2002 and the City of Langley from 2002 – 2008, prior to joining the City of White Rock in May of 2008.

As the Director of Corporate Administration for the City of White Rock, Tracey is responsible for legislative and municipal government administrative services, such as recording Council and Committee proceedings and maintaining the official records of the City (i.e. by-laws, agendas, minutes, and the Correspondence of Council and Committees). She also oversees the City’s land management, risk management claims and the City's compliance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy legislation, which includes ongoing management of the Corporate Records program, the City’s privacy practices, and responding to requests for information under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA).


Director Engineering & Municipal Operations
-  Jim Gordon

Email: Jim Gordon

 Jim is a professional engineer with over 30 years of experience working in local government managing a wide range of large projects in public works and municipal operations. He retired from his position of General Manager of Engineering & Regional Utilities for the City of Abbotsford in 2015. 

As the General Manager, he led a staff of 250 and was responsible for managing Engineering and Operations as well as both the water treatment and sanitary sewer treatment plants for the City of Abbotsford, Mission, Sumas Washington and parts of the Fraser Valley Regional District. Jim joined the City in the Fall of 2017 as the Director of Engineering and Municipal Operations for the City of White Rock. 

Director Financial Services 
- Sandra Kurylo

Email: Sandra Kurylo

Sandra has been with the City since 1995 and was appointed Treasurer (now called Director of Financial Services) in 1999. She holds her Certified Management Accountant designation along with her Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree. Sandra's previous positions include Controller for the Vancouver International Airport Authority, and before that, Manager, Financial and Resource Management with Transport Canada. Sandra is a member of the Local Government Management Association and the Government Finance Officers Association. She completed the Local Government Leadership Development Program at Banff in 2000.


Fire Chief
- Phil Lemire

Email: Phil Lemire

Phil has been with the City since 1981, was appointed Deputy Chief in 1996, and assumed the responsibilities of Fire Chief in 2005. Phil has been awarded the Chief Fire Officer (CFO) designation by the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs and met the equivalency requirements for the Fire Officer Level 4, Fire Inspector Level 2, and Fire Service Instructor Level 2 programs.

He completed the Local Government Leadership Development Program at Royal Roads in 2002. Phil has provided leadership assistance during the 2003 wildfires in the BC Interior, participating in the subsequent Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Review by the BC Fire Commissioner, and was an instructor at the Kemano Public Safety Initiative in 2001. In June of 2017, Phil was elected as President of the Fire Chiefs’ Association of BC, representing more than 350 fire departments in British Columbia.

Director Human Resources 
– Jacquie Johnstone

Email: Jacquie Johnstone

Jacquie joined the City in January 2010. She began her Human Resources career with the Ministry of Transportation & Highways in 1991. She later joined the City of New Westminster in 1998 as a Human Resources Advisor and was promoted to Assistant Director of Human Resources in 2000.

She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a Major in Human Resources and Organizational Behavior and is an active member of the BC Human Resources Management Association.

Manager of Information Technology 
- Chris Zota

Email: Chris Zota

Chris joined the City in April 2009 after a five-year tenure with the Township of Langley. His career spans over 20 years, half of which was spent in the private sector (Telecommunications, Software Development and IT services industry). Aside from his keen interest in technology, he is very passionate about leadership (Foundations of Leadership certificate - Justice Institute) and Project Management (Certificate – Royal Roads University; Masters – George Washington University).  One of his key roles is to advise the City regarding opportunities to provide higher quality, timely and cost-effective technology-enabled governmental services.

Director Recreation and Culture
- Eric Stepura 

Email: Eric Stepura 

Eric joined the City in July 2012. He brings to the position more than 28 years of management experience in municipal parks and recreation service delivery, and considerable experience operating a wide variety of sport, recreation and park facilities.




Director Planning & Development Services
-  Carl Johannsen 

Email: Carl Johannsen

Carl has over 14 years of experience in local government where he has held senior roles overseeing community planning. In White Rock, Carl leads a team responsible for processing development applications, building and tree management permits, developing land use and community planning policies, issuing business licenses and managing bylaw enforcement. Prior to joining the City in May 2017, Carl worked at the City of Coquitlam for 5 years, serving as the Manager of Community Planning and Manager of Development Services, and prior to that, Carl worked at the City of Abbotsford for 8 years, including in the role of Director of Community Planning. 

Carl has also worked as an Acting General Manager at both Coquitlam and Abbotsford and has overseen over 100 projects involving a range of topics, including neighbourhood planning, transit planning, urban design, affordable housing policy, mixed-use development applications, development concept design, development servicing and streetscape design. 

He also taught courses on Community and Regional Planning at the University of the Fraser Valley, tying in course material and projects to help future Planners get hands-on experience and understanding of land use planning and transit investments in Abbotsford and the region.  He also served as a sessional instructor in geography and planning at the University of the Fraser Valley; and, was with the BC Forest Service for 8 years as a fire protection manager and firefighter. 

White Rock RCMP Detachment Commander
- Staff Sergeant Daryl Creighton 

 Daryl has been a member of the RCMP for 25 years and was selected as the White Rock Detachment Commander in September 2016. After completing basic training in Regina, Saskatchewan, Daryl began his career as a Constable at Langley Detachment. He was then promoted to Surrey Detachment as a Corporal, Ridge-Meadows Detachment as a Sergeant and then promoted to Staff Sergeant as a Watch Commander within Ridge Meadows Detachment prior to his arrival in White Rock. He has a wide range of experience within the RCMP including General Duty, Bike Squad, Drug Section, Street Enforcement Unit, Serious Crimes and Emergency Response Team. 



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