DO WE NEED A STAFF FOR THE MAYOR?
Candidates for Council of Wards 5 and 6 were asked to express their feelings about the Mayor's need to have staff to drive him/her around to various functions and activities.
  
WARD 5 CANDIDATES:
   
ROBERT KIRWAN - WARD 5

STAFFING PROBLEMS IN MAYOR'S OFFICE

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THE EIGHTH PERSON FROM MAYOR'S STAFF TO LEAVE IN FOUR YEARS SHOULD RAISE SOME QUESTIONS DURING NEXT FEW MONTHS

The Mayor of the City of Greater Sudbury, Marianne Matachuk, has a staff of four people plus a summer student. Recently, the Mayor's Chief of Staff, Christine Hogarth, became the eighth person to quit the team in the past four years, apparently because the Mayor asked her to take a defensive driving class.

While there is no official statement on this matter, an email written by Hogarth indicated that she enjoyed working for "some" of the people at City Hall. That is quite a revealing comment for a Chief of Staff.

As we proceed towards the municipal election on October 27, 2014, some difficult questions are going to be asked about budget and how our tax dollars are being spent. For example, the Chief of Staff, Hogarth, and the Mayor's communication officer, Mike Whitehouse, took turns driving the mayor to her various commitments. While we all know that the Mayor's job is very demanding, the time may have come for the next Mayor to consider driving him/herself to his/her own appointments and perhaps doing his/her own communications.

This is not just something that needs to be looked at in the Mayor's office. With staffing costs taking up a huge amount of the annual budget, we may have to examine if there is truly a need for so many people to do run the City. We do not want to chop jobs because people working for the City contribute to our economy and are also ratepayers, more efficiency may result in our tax dollars accomplishing much more than they are now.

The big question is do we have a lot of people working at City Hall right now who do not contribute anything of significance to the running of the City. Do some staff have too much time to fulfil their responsibilities? Moreover, are Councillors and senior administrators forcing City Staff to run around like chickens with their heads cut off doing meaningless tasks and reports that could be done with fewer people and in less time?

All of these things need to be considered in light of the public announcement of 8 people quitting just one small department, the Mayor's Office, in less than four years.

   
OTHER CANDIDATES INVITED TO RESPOND:
  
JOSEPH BERTHOLOT - WARD 5
  
RICHARD LARCHER - WARD 5
  
JOHN LUNDRIGAN - WARD 5
  
KENT MacNEILL - WARD 5
  
FERNAND BIDAL - WARD 6
  
KEVIN BRAULT - WARD 6
  
ANDRE RIVEST - WARD 6
  
RENE LAPIERRE - WARD 6
 
 
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