Council still considering report on CAO’s workplace complaints

Mayor confirms Nanaimo chief administrative officer Tracy Samra still on leave

Nanaimo council continues to review a consultant’s investigate report into complaints from the city chief administrative officer, according to Mayor Bill McKay.

Council received the report in a closed meeting July 26 from Roslyn Goldner, a consultant hired by the City of Nanaimo to investigate workplace complaints made by CAO Tracy Samra.

“Council is still deliberating on the HR report,” said McKay. “It’s fairly complicated and requires a lot of referral back to legal.”

Council has established no timeline with regard to the report, according to the mayor, who also said it has to be fully deliberated before it’s released publicly and would have to go through a proper process with respect to freedom of information and privacy.

“There’s a lot of information in there with respect to third parties, so it would have to go through our privacy officer before it would ever get released,” said McKay, who has concerns about the report and so believes a release at this point would be premature.

McKay confirmed Samra is still on medical leave. She has been on leave since late July and a news release, distributed in the summer, said Samra expects to remain on leave while council considers the report’s findings and what steps can be taken to address the “toxic work environment.”

Coun. Bill Yoachim, acting mayor and designated spokesman on the report according to the mayor, has not responded to a request for an interview.