Municipal administrator creates deputy administrator position 

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Not all council members are pleased with the creation of a deputy administrator’s position at this time.

Councillor Kristi Wells calls the position a "band aid solution" to the increasing workload at the municipality. She has been calling for an overall organizational review of municipal hall that could iron out staffing issues in light of the work that will come from the Olympics and the CSP, among other things. This review would allow council to be proactive instead of reactionary when it comes to filling staffing holes, Wells contends. She called the new deputy administrator’s position a reaction to the administrator’s workload.

"That doesn’t mean (creating a deputy administrator’s position is) a bad reaction," said Wells, adding that Barratt is qualified for the job of deputy administrator.

"It’s just... it wouldn’t have taken much to wait a couple of months (for an organizational review) and make sure it was the right position."

Her motion for an organizational review was defeated at the last council meeting when three of the six council members present voted in favour and three voted against.

"I still think it’s a band aid solution and we’re not looking at things comprehensively enough," she said.

Wells also raised concerns about finding the right replacement to fill Barratt’s shoes as general manager of community services. In that position he was responsible for the supervision of Bylaw Services and Fire Rescue Services as well as the liaison with the local RCMP detachment. He was also manager of Parks and Recreation and sponsorship. This unique role was created two years ago in part to lessen the number of general managers reporting to the administrator.

"There are very few municipalities, if any, that have fire, police, bylaw and parks under one director," said Wells.

"That was a job that was suited to the individual. Bill was very capable of it.

"But now, how do we fill Bill’s position?

"I doubt it can be one person."

Still, Mayor O’Reilly rejects the notion that the deputy administrator role is a band aid solution to increasing workload.

"I think this is a very solid move in a very senior position," he said.

"You don’t make band aid appointments like that."

The mayor added that the municipality will be able to respond to the needs and demands of the Olympics as they become clearer down the road.

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