Investigation delayed

Mission council has put off discussions about hiring a consultant to examine staffing issues at municipal hall for another two weeks.

Last week council unanimously approved a motion proposed by Coun. Nelson Tilbury asking staff to research the cost, propose terms of reference for an external consultant to examine and evaluate staffing issues and operational capabilities at the district.

The item was supposed to be on the April 22 agenda.

“The CAO (chief administrative officer) advised us he’s not ready today,” said Coun. Jenny Stevens on Monday night. “He’s only received input from three councillors so far.”

At the April 14 meeting, Mission CAO Ken Bjorgaard suggested organizing a workshop for council to discuss the terms of reference, but that idea was rejected because it would delay action. Instead, councillors agreed to offer input to staff individually.

Thirty-four full-time District of Mission employees, including nine senior managers have resigned in the past 2.5 years, while 13 have retired. Tilbury said he believes staff left because of “micromanaging from the CAO and bullying and berating from council” and suggested an independent consultant should investigate.

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