Another resignation at Mission municipal hall

The morale at city hall is low, says Coun. Tilbury

Another employee from the District of Mission’s administrative team has resigned.

Tina Mooney has been with the district for seven years and held the position as administrative assistant. She is the fifth person to leave the district’s corporate administration department in the past two years, and one of more than 34 full-time employees who have resigned their positions since 2012.

Oct. 16 was Mooney’s last day at Mission municipal hall as she takes a new job as the executive assistant for regional and corporate services at the Fraser Valley Regional District.

“She will be working … on regional items and also with the director of corporate services,” explained Jennifer Kinneman, communications manager at FVRD, who also resigned from Mission city hall earlier this year.

Mooney is the fifth District of Mission employee who has taken a position with the regional district in the last two years.

“Every position (filled by former Mission employees) was a vacancy and those individuals, along with others, applied for them,” explained Kinneman, pointing out the regional district vacancies were a result of staff moving on.

“It’s frustrating,” said Coun. Tony Luck. “There is a problem at city hall. What that problem is, I’m not sure, but we need to find out and change the culture there. The loss of so many good employees is disturbing.”

Coun. Nelson Tilbury, who raised concerns about staff departures at the district earlier this year, said “The morale at city hall is low.

He added that employees talk to him about leaving almost every time he is at municipal hall.

“It’s a constant subject.”

Coun. Larry Nundal noted a lot of changes have taken place.

“When changes happen in an organization, not everyone likes it,” said Nundal.

“Tina is going to an exempt position. It’s a career opportunity for her,” said Mission’s chief administrative officer Ken Bjorgaard.

Mayor Ted Adlem praised Mooney for her service and congratulated her on the promotion.

“She has the opportunity to … be a part of the management team at FVRD,” said Adlem. “I’m happy she can do that. It’s positive for her and her family.”