With more than 30 years of local government experience, Russell was appointed Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the Comox Valley Regional District in 2017. Prior to his role as CAO for the Alberni Clayoquot Regional District, he occupied senior management positions with the City of Port Alberni and the Lantzville Improvement District. In the late 1980s, Russell worked as a planner for the Comox Strathcona Regional District.
As CAO for the CVRD, Russell is also the CAO for the Comox Strathcona Regional Hospital District and Secretary for the North Island 911 Corporation. Within his role he leads the CVRD's executive management team, comprising the engineering services branch, community services branch, planning and development services branch, finance, human resources and corporate services branch.
Russell brings a wealth of experience and leadership qualities to the organization. He believes in working together and finding the best possible solution for the region and its residents.