Randy was born in Winnipeg Manitoba in 1953. He has been married to Ann for more than 36 years. They live in Kamloops but love travelling with friends and family. They raised two daughters in Kamloops and both are world travelers. As a family, they enjoy hiking, camping, boating, golf and skiing. Randy plays hockey with a local old timers group.
Randy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, a Master’s Degree in Community Planning from the University of British Columbia and over 37 years of employment in Municipal and Provincial Government Services. He has worked in such diverse fields as Social Work, Social Housing, University Instructor, Park Ranger and a BC Parks Planner. He also has volunteered for countless non-profit community organizations. These positions led him to live in many large and small communities throughout the province.
He joined the City of Kamloops in 1989 as the city’s Senior Planner and by 1992 was appointed the Director of the Department. In 2001, Randy was promoted to the position of Chief Administrative Officer. Throughout his career with the city, he played a significant role in the development of the Rivers Trail, Kenna Cartwright Park, The Tournament Capital of Canada Development Strategy, the city’s first Corporate and Council Strategic Plans, a unique mediation services program for resolving community disputes, the city’s first foray into the field of social planning and social housing, a sex trade social program, and the development of a corporate strategy to become a “Top 100 Organization”.
Randy retired in 2012 and started Diehl Management Consultants based in Kamloops. Since then he has provided services to local governments, business groups, the private sector and non-profit groups. Diehl enjoys the work as it keeps him involved in the fields of management and planning, and provides an outlet to share his knowledge and experiences with many organizations that typically cannot afford to hire pricey consultants. “I feel that most of my skills were learned early on in my career by volunteering and working in smaller organizations. This is my way of paying it forward.”
Diehl recently (2014-2015) had the privilege of providing interim CAO Services to the District of Logan Lake. He currently sits on the Board of the Thompson Rivers University Land Trust. He is a Guest Faculty Member for Capilano University – Municipal Training Institute (MATI) for Leadership and CAO Courses. And he provides mentorship services for the Local Government Management Association.