City administration must learn what its place is in the workings of municipal government. Or should I say relearn.
The Planning Manager of the City of Thunder Bay sent out a confidential memo to city councilors and the city clerk listing five preferred candidates for the Committee of Adjustment. Read the full article.
The City of Thunder Bay administration must learn and understand the fact that their job is to support the elected council members by preparing reports, answering questions and giving recommendations WHEN asked. If council does not ask, the non-elected civil servants should keep their mouths shut. That way you avoid situations such as Tim Commisso, city manager telling us what kind of an arena/multiplex he thinks the city should build. Why does it matter what Tim Commisso thinks? If he likes blue cars, then should the city buy blue cars?
Council needs to reestablish itself as the boss. The captain of the ship so to speak. Newly unemployed resident Lynn Peterson evidently ran a loose ship and let administration believe that they are equals to the elected members of City Council. This is, of course, untrue. They are employees and nothing more.
This practice must be nipped in the bud. An example must be made. Leslie McEachern cannot be keel hauled or whipped but something must be said/done. Soon. A city administration should not be seen and not heard…unless asked. If these administrators do not like this, then they can always leave and seek employment elsewhere.