Grey Sauble Conservation’s board of directors is planning to immediately start work to recruit a new chief administrative officer, after current CAO Sonya Skinner announced she will be resigning Aug. 5.Board chair Cathy Little said a recruitment team was created Wednesday and is planning to meet soon to discuss next steps.“We’re going to meet and then determine a course of action, but we want to get started right away,” the Grey Highlands councillor said Friday.The board passed a motion at a special meeting this week to appoint Tim Lanthier, Grey Sauble Conservation’s lands and habitats co-ordinator, as interim general manager until the end of January.“At which point we hope to have a new CAO. That period could be extended if we don’t have the search completed by that time, but that’s our goal,” Little said.The recruitment team includes Little, board vice-chair and Owen Sound Coun. Marion Koepke, past chair Dick Hibma and board member and Blue Mountains Coun. Andrea Matrosovs.The conservation authority says Skinner has accepted a position as executive director of customer and corporate services with the Town of Collingwood.Skinner began her role as CAO in November 2016, after John Cottrill retired. She had worked for the provincial government before accepting the position at Grey Sauble Conservation.Little said, in a statement, that the board is sorry to see Skinner go, noting she has “provided outstanding leadership” to staff and the board during her tenure.Skinner was CAO while the conservation authority developed and implemented its strategic plan, which Little said has allowed the organization to become more innovative.The community-based environmental agency is one of 36 conservation authorities in Ontario. It owns and manages 11,734 hectares of land in Grey-Bruce.