City to review roles of staff

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SUMMERSIDE – City council is moving to eliminate any question about the operations of municipal government by clearly setting out the roles and responsibilities of all staff.

Coun. Tina Mundy, chairman of the city's Human Resources Committee, brought the issue to council in January and received approval from council to authorize the city's external legal firm of McInnes Cooper to prepare a draft governance and administration bylaw that will establish the power, duties and functions of all municipal officials and employees of the city and will define the council/administration relationship.

Mundy said she had reviewed all policies that came under her role as chair of human resources and discovered there was nothing on the books dealing with this issue.

She is concerned that a lack of a governance and administration bylaw is a possible hindrance to the future of the city and could raise questions about government effectiveness.

The move came on the heels of a failed $1.3 million concert promotion that landed the city in court in San Jose, California.

On Monday, Coun. Cory Thomas asked if any headway had been made on the bylaw.

“We talked probably eight months ago about doing some research into an administrative bylaw that would outline the roles and responsibilities of senior staff and the chief administrative officer,” Thomas said. “Have you made any progress on that bylaw?”

“We’ve received a draft copy,” Mundy replied. “I forwarded it to my vice chair, councillor Jeff Sullivan. We reviewed it and should have something to bring back to council in the New Year.”

Thomas also suggested that a review of the city’s committee structure be undertaken.

“Maybe in the New Year we can have a debate on the committee bylaw,” Thomas said. “They haven’t been updated since March 15, 1999. That was quite a while ago. So, I think we have a need to that discussion as well.”

mcarson@journalpioneer.com

Organizations: Human Resources Committee

Geographic location: San Jose, California

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  • Loomis
    December 20, 2012 - 15:31

    John W.A. Curtis, what is the conspiracy today? I would appoint you and Don the blogger to solve er John and you could protest

  • don
    December 19, 2012 - 14:32

    JOHN W.A. CURTIS. they can tell why as it is like the prov government they fill it as nation security.they are all in there for one reason power.

  • BS
    December 19, 2012 - 14:28

    This is long overdue. For too long the City has become a make work project and is employing people beyond its means. Included are too many councilors for such a small city and those overpaid executives responsible for the concert fiasco. The City needs to cut back on its work force.

  • Interested in Municipal politics
    December 19, 2012 - 12:10

    It makes sense that there are clear and concise job descriptions that define responsibilities and accountability . No longer will it be the old boys network run goverance but one with professional boundaries and competence based working for the citizens and not for each other!

  • Summerside Taxpayer
    December 19, 2012 - 06:47

    Congratulations to Councilor Mundy for getting this lookedf into, as well all other Councilors who support this, the reason I say this is that not all Councilors agree with this review. Mayor Basil Stewart , Deputy Mayor MacDougall and past CAO Terry Murphy have been running the show for years, Summerside has had senior management meddlings in the daily operations within City departments for quite some time, all known to the Mayor, of course who did nothing other tahn pretend he didn't know of the interference. What citizens want to know are: Is Terry Murphy still being paid? On what terms did he leave on and how much involvement does he still have with the department heads and senior staff? He has been seen on numerous occassions with some of them. Great idea Tindy but please ensure it is done right, have everyone know what their responsibilities are and have the Mayor do what he is supposed to do " break a tie vote when there is one" Thats it.

  • John W.A. Curtis
    December 18, 2012 - 21:38

    City hasn't explained George Arsenault sending police files to Terry Murphy or Mayor Stewart

  • don
    December 18, 2012 - 21:04

    why make any changes you are all doing a great job of screwing up a great city. so why change now?