Sorry that I messed up the "Quote" box here. Hit "Delete" when I should have hit "Copy" and this was the best restoration job I could do.Originally Posted by citychick: "Anyone who believes that Jerry Berry resigned is living in a fantasy land - people are not paid out for resigning, or retiring. We, the taxpayers, are going to pay dearly for his departure; but in my opinion, it is well worth it!! Good for you John Ruttan and councillors - I'll vote for you again!! To all who support him and sing his praises - bully for you - you obviously had a different relationship with him than most City Hall staff... "
I understand exactly what you're saying about differences in relationships. A friend who worked for the City of Nanaimo was able to move out and up, but went through some very unpleasant times while there.
The same friend, mentioned in a post very close to this one, who recently resigned from a position similar to Berry's elsewhere without finishing the length of the contract he was currently working under, received a hefty "leaving" bonus when he moved into private industry, after being head-hunted by a multinational corporation. Then received a hefty "hiring" bonus from the company he's now working for. They would have paid his relocation costs, too, if they'd been necessary. The city that he was working for until recently paid his relocation costs when he began working for them, too.
Personally, I can't wait to visit Dubai (if my health holds up), where this couple, of whom the wife is my closer friend, will at some point be sent by his new multinational corporation employer for about six months, living cost-free in a company apartment, free car and driver, free household help. Having seen recent pictures of Dubai, it seems to be the jewel of the Middle East. Huge fantastic buildings, huge developments, huge oil money. After all, if people like David Beckham, the soccer player, and his wife Victoria ("the artist formerly known as Posh Spice" haha) have vacation homes there, it can't be all that bad. I'm planning on coming back with the best and last tan of my life.