City of Regina
Saskatchewan CA

CPS Public Report
Approved as Amended
Sep 13, 2018 4:00 PM

2019 Pest Control Officer Appointments


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The Pest Control Act requires that if a municipality wishes to appoint Pest Control Officers to enforce The Pest Control Act, these officers must be appointed by City Council on an annual basis. This report recommends appointing the individuals named in the recommendations as Pest Control Officers for 2019.




The Appointment and Authorization of City Officials Bylaw, 2009 was enacted in 2009 so that the City’s various delegations under provincial legislation could be more easily located. In most cases authority is delegated by position title but in some cases, like that of Pest Control Officers, provincial legislation requires these appointments to be made by individual, and on an annual basis.  To find efficiencies, the City had approached the province asking that the act be amended to allow administration to assign these responsibilities by position. The province declined this request. Therefore, Council must continue to appoint on a yearly basis.




The Pest Control Act requires that Pest Control Officers be appointed by City Council on an annual basis.


The Administration proposes to have the following persons be appointed as Pest Control Officers for 2019:


Name              Position

Russell Eirich              Manager, Forestry, Pest Control & Horticulture

Ryan Johnston              Supervisor, Pest Management

Corey Doka              Pest Control Officer

Burton Gerspacher               Entomology Research Analyst



Financial Implications


There are no financial implications with respect to this report. 

The individuals appointed are already employed with the assigned duties within the administration.


Environmental Implications

None with respect to this report.


Policy and/or Strategic Implications


Appointing Pest Control Officers by bylaw instead of resolution increases transparency, as such appointments are more readily accessible.


Other Implications


For Regina, regulated pests listed under the Act that are of greatest concern are Norway Rat or Richardson Ground Squirrel (a.k.a. Gopher). There may be a view that because of annual appointments being required annually, that rodents are an epidemic problem.

This is not the case. Indication from routine rodent inspection for demolition permits are that Norway Rat populations are minimal in Regina.  Gophers are more problematic as populations fluctuate from year to year and are largely based on seasonal weather conditions (see Appendix A: Pest Control Officer - Regulated Pest Statistics).


Accessibility Implications

None with respect to this report.



Section 14 of The Pest Control Act requires the City Clerk to notify the Minister of Agriculture of Council’s appointment of Pest Control Officers within 14 days of the appointment.

The City will advise the Rural Municipality of Sherwood of the appointments.



The recommendations contained within this report require City Council approval.



Respectfully Submitted,              Respectfully Submitted,