Nanaimo mayoral candidate: Jim Routledge

City of Nanaimo: Routledge, Jim – mayor candidate

  • Oct. 22, 2014 7:00 p.m.
Nanaimo mayoral candidate: Jim Routledge

Name: Jim Routledge

Age: 60

Occupation/background: I am a small ‘d’ developer, builder and realtor. I am originally from Vancouver, have a UBC Commerce degree and experience with IBM. I moved to Nanaimo in 1982 and have worked in construction-related jobs ever since. I recently went back to school to become a realtor. I am proud of the contribution I have made to helping Nanaimo move. I am an analyzer by nature and enjoy finding efficient solutions. I make a mean caesar salad, enjoy four-wheel drive adventures, and recently I jumped out of an airplane. I wear the same waist size that I did 40 years ago. I have a wonderful spouse, a feisty 93-year old mom, and a terrific 27-year-old son. Good connections are my definition of success.

Why are you running for public office?

I want to be part of a winning team. I can see opportunities to get Nanaimo moving further and faster, and to win at the game of civic and community operations. I believe I can make a difference, build real teamwork, and contribute to the community.

What three priorities are important to you and how do you plan to tackle these issues if elected?

Management – it’s time to get modern and sophisticated in the management of civic operations. We have too many poor and slow results with no changes being made to improve them. I want a high-level, open outside hiring process for city manager – MBA minimum.

Transparency – share questions and information as it come available; utilize more modern and traditional communication. I plan make the word ‘transparency’ actually mean something and not merely be lip service.

Attitude – I plan to take a positive and high-level view of civic operations. I play the game to create win-win results for the entire community. And I don’t mind admitting that I think this entire process should be enjoyable and even fun for everyone involved.

How do you plan to manage taxes and spending?

The main part of this answer is tied up in the answer above: I need an assessment, numbers, and an operation plan I can trust. It’s neither my job to evaluate spending, nor to asses the need within the current management structure. However, I can hire someone to do that job and do it very well. I see this a vital step to getting everyone back on task and filling their role, whether it is for policy or operations.

What do you think it takes to lead Nanaimo. Describe your leadership or co-working style.

It takes someone willing to get dirty: to do the dirty work that no one else will do, and then to put on a perfect suit and get Nanaimo moving and winning. It’s our turn.

I plan to do what I do best. My track record shows that I move things efficiently and well. I am not a good teacher – I am, however, a good doer and an excellent leader. If you think I can help you, please just ask.

Just Posted

Woodgrove Centre has a temporary COVID-19 vaccination clinic operated by Island Health. (News Bulletin file photo)
COVID-19 vaccine clinic set up at Woodgrove Centre

Anyone 12 and up can receive a first dose of mRNA vaccine seven days a week

Six United Way chapters around the province are merging into United Way B.C. (News Bulletin file photo)
Central Island’s United Way merging with other chapters to create United Way B.C.

Money raised in communities will stay in those communities, agency says

Young people graduating in COVID-19 times have shown resilience. (Stock photo)
Editorial: Class of 2021 has shown smarts and resilience

Congratulations and good luck to Grade 12s who have persevered during the pandemic

The Nanaimo Business Awards are accepting nominations now. (Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce image)
Nanaimo Business Awards accepting nominations of worthy winners

This year’s awards aren’t until the fall, but the nomination period ends June 28

Retailers say they’re ready for the ban on single-use plastic checkout bags in Nanaimo when it takes effect July 1. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Retailers report they’re ready for Nanaimo’s single-use checkout bag ban

Business operators say there’s been plenty of time to plan and prepare for bylaw that kicks in July 1

The border crossing into the United States is seen during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lacolle, Que. on February 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
VIDEO: Border quarantine to soon lift for fully vaccinated Canadians

Eligible travellers must still take multiple COVID-19 tests

The number of skilled trades workers available is not enough to fill the current construction boom in Greater Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
Supply of skilled tradespeople can’t keep up to Vancouver Island construction boom

Thousands of positions will be needed by 2030, despite flow of Camosun trades students

Air Canada planes sit on the tarmac at Pearson International Airport during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Pilots say no reason to continue quarantines for vaccinated international travellers

Prime minister says Canada still trying to limit number of incoming tourists

Swanwick Ranch in Metchosin, featuring an award-winning home on 67 acres of property overlooking the ocean, recently sold for a record-setting, yet undisclosed amount. (Sotheby’s International Realty Canada photo)
Oceanfront home sells for highest price ever recorded in Greater Victoria

Listed at $14.1 million, Swanwick Ranch in Metchosin sold to an undisclosed buyer

This map outlines the area affected by the open burning prohibition. Via Coastal Fire Centre
Vancouver Island open fire prohibition takes effect June 23

Ban applies to both public and private land, includes fireworks

The price of gas is way up in many parts of Greater Victoria after a Monday afternoon surge sent it to 162.9 cents per litre. (Black Press Media file photo)
Gas prices surge to 162.9 cents a litre at some Greater Victoria stations

Prices jumped up more than 10 cents Monday afternoon

Val Litwin is the latest candidate to declare his bid for the B.C. Liberal leadership. (Litwin campaign video)
Political newcomer joins contest for B.C. Liberal leadership

Val Litwin a former B.C. Chamber of Commerce CEO

Golden Ears Mountains, captured in May 2021. (Black Press Media files)
2nd year of day passes required for entry into 5 provincial parks launches in B.C.

Pilot program seeks to protect the environment by addressing visitor surges amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Lincoln Mckoen. (YouTube)
Anglican bishop of the central Interior resigns over sexual misconduct allegations

Lincoln Mckoen was elected as a bishop of the Territory of the People region last year

Most Read