Letter: Firing came without warning

On May 13 at 1:50 p.m. my employment with the City of Greenwood was terminated without notice, writes Robin Dalziel.

I am encouraged by all the support that I have received from my friends, Greenwood residents, local government colleagues, and others. Thank you very much. This event was a complete shock.

On May 13 at 1:50 p.m. my employment with the City of Greenwood was terminated without notice. This action was unilaterally decided by the Greenwood City Council.

There was no discussion or negotiation between council and myself in relation to this matter. At no time was any censure of my performance as CAO, chief financial officer, or corporate officer given to me in writing. The dismissal did not follow the policies and procedures of the city, and it came without warning.

I was handed a letter by Mayor Smith, allowed a few minutes to gather my belongings, and escorted by Mayor Smitah and Councillor Tutti from City Hall. I was not permitted to say goodbye to my staff.

In regards to the current financial situation for the city, the senior partner of Berg Lehmann, Stefan Lehmann, discussed the audited financial statements for 2014 with me on Friday, May 8.

He indicated that the city was in a good financial position. The budget approved by the budget committee and the adjusted budget that supported the five-year financial plan bylaw show a balanced budget and permits regular operations of the city to continue.

There is no shortfall. Berg Lehmann, the city auditors, gave the city a clean audit opinion for 2014.

The audited financial statements are available to the public; a Freedom of Information request is not needed.

At the time of my dismissal I was working on the required governmental reports for 2015 which were due on May 14 and 15. I offered to work till Friday at closing to complete all the required reports in a timely way. My offer was rejected by the mayor. These reports were not filed on time.

The responsibility of overseeing the affairs of the municipality is large and varied. There are many federal, provincial and municipal laws that must be applied to the day-to-day operations of the city and every action of city council.

Unfortunately when only staff is required to apply the laws, policies and procedures, and some members of council deem themselves exempt, things like this happen.

It was a great honour to work with Wendy Higashi, deputy clerk, and Randy Smith, public works superintendent.  These are people of integrity, with honed skills, and professionalism. The city has a strong asset in its senior staff that shouldn’t be taken lightly.

No one on council or within the city’s personnel has the required education or experience to perform the legislative duties of CAO, CFO, and CO. It is hoped that a qualified person will be engaged soon. Delays may be costly both in time, finances, and possible legal liabilities to the city.

I look forward to seeing my friends around Greenwood. I raised my kids here, my friends are here, and I have no immediate plans to leave.

Robin Dalziel,

Greenwood

 

Just Posted

More burning prohibitions rescinded in southeast B.C.

Category 2 and 3 fires will be permitted in Southeast Fire Centre as of 1p.m. on Wednesday.

Municipal spending outpaces population growth 4-fold in B.C.: report

Canadian Federation of Independent Business has released its annual operational spending report

Cops For Kids’ southeast B.C. tour rolls on

Annual RCMP fundraiser will see 34 cyclists ride 1,000 kilometres raising funds

B.C. parents leery of HPV cervical cancer vaccine

Provincial registration uptake among lowest in Canada

E-cigarette health hazards remain unknown

Interior Health says vaping not safe alternative to cigarettes

B.C. tent city ‘devastated’ after flash flood

Maple Ridge mayor says that residents shouldn’t have to return to their flooded tents

Volunteer crew ready to build ramps for B.C. amputee

Jean Moulton will soon have an easier time getting in and out of her home.

VIDEO: B.C. tour offers unique underground glimpse of generating station

About 1,250 people expected at sold-out tour on Sunday

Allegations against Kavanaugh pose test for #MeToo movement

Aside from the Ford-Kavanaugh showdown, this has been a tumultuous season for the #MeToo movement

Parents of B.C. toddler who died in unlicensed daycare sue over negligence

‘Baby Mac’ was only 16 months old when he died in a Vancouver daycare

Syrian family can, finally, feel safe after settling in B.C.

Anglican Church of the Holy Trinity White Rock meets sponsored family for the first time

1st private moon flight passenger to invite creative guests

The Big Falcon Rocket is scheduled to make the trip in 2023, SpaceX founder Elon Musk announced at an event Monday at its headquarters near Los Angeles.

‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Mrs. Maisel’ triumph at Emmys

In a ceremony that started out congratulating TV academy voters for the most historically diverse field of nominees yet, the early awards all went solely to whites.

Most Read