I would never say that I can do his job better. I was not trained to do that job. I know that in career that I did chose to pursue I did excel.
Originally Posted by All Ages Music Concerts
Well, as you say - some of us lived it, some didn't. You don't know what goes on anywhere except where you work... I don't plan on arguing the merits, or not, of Jerry Berry. And, by the way, it has nothing to do with the position, but rather the way it was handled by one particular person.
[QUOTE=yorway;44493]I would never say that I can do his job better. I was not trained to do that job. I know that in career that I did chose to pursue I did excel.[/QUOTE
We see excel in what we percieve to be excelling beyond our duty, job, purpose, goal and/or requirement!! What he excelled in may not be your expectatations. That is what would be very hard in this postion. You can not please all but after 30 years doing a job I would think he finally understood that you can not please all ppl you are trying to work with!!
Unfortunately ppl are the most ungrateful before they realize that the seed was planted before the tree even grew!!
Again if it is not for health issues ( hope not at this stage in his life), that he is resigning but rather stepping down just to live his life. I am only assuming but it would be good sense after 30 years.
In post #21 it is stated:
Interpret and apply Federal, State and local policies, procedures, laws and regulations.
It looks like a case of plagiarism on the part of "The City of Vancouver', and they missed the word State.
I note that Smokey posted his corrected version in post #23:
Anything that is printed or posted anywhere on any web site by any Canadian government (which includes Federal, Provincial, Regional or Municipal) party is not protected by copyright because we own it ourselves.
If Mr. Berry was so vital to the running of the City and the decisions made during his tenure (according to the many comments on the newspapers website plus some of the comments here), why would the City state they are not planning on replacing him with someone else?
(The word state was used in it's correct term this time, tenspot )
As I see it, there are a few choices here: at the point Mayor and Council made the statement about Jerry Berry not being replaced, they had been taken by surprise by Berry's retirement/resignation and were running around like Chicken Little, crying "The sky is falling! The sky is falling!" and put their mouths in motion before they engaged their brains (one or two may have sent search parties out for theirs); or they believed that enraged citizens were about to arrive at City Hall with sickles and plowshares demanding that something be done and were throwing us a cost-saving sop (not encouraging for us if they think that's the level of our intelligence and that we'd believe it); or they actually think the City can operate without a CEO, COO, or CAO (not encouraging if that's the level of their intelligence.)
Originally Posted by Smokey©
Certainly, if his resignation/retirement took them by surprise, their reaction doesn't build too much confidence in their ability to deal with what they see as an emergency situation. If they can be thrown into this much disarray by the departure of one employee, what does it say about their capability to handle a real emergency? Have they no confidence in their own abilities to make decisions without, again, Jerry Berry telling them what to think?
I believe it was Smokey (and apologies if it wasn't) who predicted that the interim temporary appointment will be made permanent after a few months, and that will be it. But if I were the person moving into that position, I wouldn't be willing to fill the same position as Berry held without being paid the current going rate at the entry level. With those nice bonuses built in, too. Or are they going to do away with them, finally? How many of us have ever received bonuses? I only ever did when I worked in private industry. Never while working, in effect, for a level of government. Have you? How many have received a relocation allowance to move to a new job? I've never had one of those, either. So as another cost-saver, let's eliminate those, too.
I've based these comments and previous ones I've made on my long friendship with a person who left the City several years ago for greener, more pleasant fields. Certainly at that time, at the executive level, working at City Hall was not a pleasant experience. People working in this field and at this level keep in close contact with each other, and word spreads quickly among them. I think it's safe to say that it's been well known for some years among that group that working at Nanaimo City Hall has not necessarily been a pleasant or personally rewarding experience for some people.
It will be interesting to hear what my friend has to say, hearing this news from me tonight.
Is there a conspiracy?
Actually the news story stated that although The Mayor and Council knew of Mr. Berry's intention on leaving for a while, the timeline quickened in the last week and that the Mayor was surprised at the timing of the leaving although later it was stated that the Mayor did not know when that date was.
Seems to me, that Mr. Berry was informed that he should retire soon and was in negotiations for severance when he got wind of something with a bit of smell to it and decided enough was enough and he wanted out now rather then later.
Council had already made plans for Al Kenning to take over for the (forced) departure of Mr. Berry but Council in their wisdom to save money do not want to have to up Al's wages. How a city cannot have a manager or if they have a manager, to not have an assistant is beyond comprehension.
But again we were warned by our Mayor that Mr. Berry's departure was an amicable one. Hmmm, if our Mayor had to say it at least twice perhaps it is a coverup for the real reasons and that nothing we heard from our Mayor was the real truth. Time will tell.
What you have just read may not be reality or is it?