City of Fort St. John’s Deputy CAO retires after over 30 years

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John’s Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Victor Shopland, announ…

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John’s Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Victor Shopland, announced his retirement Thursday after 34 years.

Shopland’s last day will be on November 26th after holding several positions with the City since moving from Athabasca in 1987.

During his 34-year career with the City, Shopland was Director of Public Works and Utilities, Director of Planning & Engineering, General Manager of Integrated Services, and Deputy Chief Administrative Officer.

“There are people who come along that you never want to see retire – one of those people is Victor. For decades, his service has led to an improved quality of life for our residents and will be truly missed,” says Mayor Lori Ackerman.

Over the course of his time with the City Shopland has played major roles in planning and upgrading infrastructure, like the capital project program, which has invested millions in improvements.

“Over his decades of service, Victor has been a steady presence in our community who always provided thoughtful insights while treating everyone with the utmost respect. With this retirement, he takes with him significant knowledge and leaves a massive hole that will be impossible to replace. As an organization and community, we are incredibly thankful for his service,” says Chief Administrative Officer Milo MacDonald.

Thanks for Reading! is the voice of the Peace, bringing issues that matter to the forefront with independent journalism. Our job is to share the unique values of the Peace region with the rest of B.C. and make sure those in power hear us. From your kids’ lemonade stand to natural resource projects, we cover it–but we need your support.


Give $10 a month to today and be the reason we can cover the next story.

Social media doesn't show you everything!

Don't miss a story

This site uses cookies to provide you with a great user experience. By continuing to use this website, you consent to the use of cookies in accordance with our privacy policy.