Experienced staff much needed at city hall

I can only shake my head at the evolving political three-ring circus now on a public stage.

To the Editor,

Re: City manager resigns post, Oct. 27.

Having reported on Nanaimo city hall for a number of years for the News Bulletin, I can only shake my head at the evolving political three-ring circus now on a public stage for the world to see.

Taxpayers on the hook for thousands of dollars because elected officials are at odds with each other and need a lesson on how to put personal feelings aside and get on with the job voters put them on city council for – running the city.

As well, thousands of more dollars have been wasted by councillors on the ongoing sagas of Colliery Dam Park and a core review.

Now, senior city staff managers are resigning at an alarming rate at a time when taxpayers likely need them, and their years of experience, the most.

The toxic environment that is city council has driven quality staff personnel, beginning with former city managers Jerry Berry and Al Kenning, into the arms of other municipalities or retirement. Anyone can only be pushed so far before saying enough is enough.

Coun. Gord Fuller calls it an opportunity for “changes in the way things are done at the city.”

What it will do is leave Nanaimo with rookie managers at the helm of city staff. Novices who are going to need some time to get up to speed on the comings and goings of city business.

Nanaimo appears to be at a crossroad in terms of its future. There is something to be said about having experienced city staff on board to help guide the process.

Chris HamlynNanaimo


To the Editor,

Re: City manager resigns post, Oct. 27.

A new beginning at city hall, but will those involved seize the opportunity? Only if those engaged in the battle on both sides stop blaming, take responsibility and show positive intent to create a better working environment. Above all, it will require the mayor, who is leader, to support this transition. Making public statements that continue the battle helps no one, least of all the working relationships on council. By putting the public interest at the forefront, will there be any hope that the change will be a good one? It really is time for all of us to work towards a city that better reflects who we are and what our collective vision is.

Roblyn HunterNanaimo


To the Editor,

Re: City manager resigns post, Oct. 27.

When opening the local paper, I must say that I was saddened to read about the resignations of Ted Swabey and Ian Howat. After many years of dedicated service they have been pushed to the brink by the council that we elect to serve us. These are very good people who have given their heart and soul to this city (sure, they are paid well), but the continuous harassment from certain members of council needs to stop.

Garry DietrichNanaimo

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