Clancy as city CAO ‘bril­liant,’ says McWilliams

City coun­cil ap­proves re­struc­tur­ing of City Hall bu­reau­crats

The Peterborough Examiner - - Front Page - JOELLE KOVACH Ex­am­iner Staff Writer

City coun­cil­lors ap­proved a plan Mon­day to pro­mote city trea­surer San­dra Clancy to CAO on May 1, part of a larger re­struc­tur­ing plan for Peter­bor­ough’s top bu­reau­crats.

Clancy is ex­pected to take the job over from Al­lan Seabrooke, who will be ap­pointed to one of three newly cre­ated com­mis­sioner jobs at City Hall.

The idea is to merge the five city depart­ments that re­port to the city CAO into three, and put a com­mis­sioner in charge of each of those three depart­ments (in­stead of a di­rec­tor).

“I think this move is a bril­liant move,” said Coun. Dan McWilliams.

The idea of al­low­ing city staff to be pro­moted at City Hall is go­ing to boost morale with­out cost­ing the city much money, he said.

He also said he thinks Clancy will do a good job.

“You’re go­ing to see some great things hap­pen under the lead­er­ship of Ms. Clancy,” McWilliams said.

Seabrooke is ex­pected to take the new job of com­mis­sioner of com­mu­nity ser­vices. The cur­rent di­rec­tor of com­mu­nity ser­vices, Ken Do­herty, is re­tir­ing in June.

The re­struc­tur­ing is timed to deal with a wave of se­nior staff re­tire­ments, the re­port states, and also with city growth.

The com­mis­sion­ers would earn more money than di­rec­tors cur­rently make, states a new staff re­port, as would the CAO.

Top salary for a di­rec­tor at the mo­ment is $154,652.

Seabrooke was on the Sun­shine List for 2017; he earned a salary of $178,436.58 salary, plus $15,335.04 in tax­able ben­e­fits.

Al­though the re­port doesn’t say ex­actly how much of a raise is pro­posed for each job, it says the elim­i­na­tion of two di­rec­tors is ex­pected to gen­er­ate enough money to cover those in­creases.

Coun. Keith Riel said it didn’t sit well with him that the re­port didn’t out­line the salaries of those who will get a raise.

“I don’t see any costs here,” he said.

Seabrooke wasn’t at the meet­ing Mon­day, so pub­lic works di­rec­tor Wayne Jack­son re­sponded to coun­cil­lors’


Jack­son re­it­er­ated any cost as­so­ci­ated with the re­struc­tur­ing would be cov­ered by the re­moval of two di­rec­tor jobs.

“You can rest as­sured the 2018 bud­get won’t be im­pacted by this,” he said.

Coun. Diane Ther­rien – who did not vote in favour of the re­struc­tur­ing — had con­cerns.

“To me, there’s noth­ing here on men­tor­ship or suc­ces­sion plan­ning – it looks like a band-aid so­lu­tion…. How will this struc­ture ad­dress any of that?” she asked.

Jack­son said it wasn’t a spur of the mo­ment de­ci­sion; di­rec­tors have been talk­ing about this for sev­eral months.

He said the city has trouble

‘‘ With this new struc­ture, and the sug­gested in­crease in com­pen­sa­tion, we think it will go a ways to help us re­cruit’ WAYNE JACK­SON deputy city CAO

hir­ing qual­i­fied man­agers be­cause the city doesn’t pay enough – mean­ing di­rec­tors are hav­ing to take on ex­tra work that would oth­er­wise be done by man­agers.

“With this new struc­ture, and the sug­gested in­crease in com­pen­sa­tion, we think it will go a ways to help us re­cruit,” Jack­son said.

Coun. Henry Clarke said he thinks it’s about time the city up­date its staff struc­ture.

“Peter­bor­ough to­day isn’t the Peter­bor­ough of my par­ents,” he said.

Coun. Dave Haacke also liked the idea, say­ing that de­vel­op­ers get frus­trated when they are shunted back and forth be­tween var­i­ous depart­ments at City Hall.

Merged depart­ments will help that, Haacke said. “This truly is the fu­ture for us.”

Here are some of the other staff changes, in accordance with the re­struc­tur­ing:

Wayne Jack­son, the city’s di­rec­tor of pub­lic works, will be ap­pointed to the new po­si­tion of com­mis­sioner of in­fras­truc­ture and plan­ning ser­vices.

Pa­tri­cia Lester, the city solic­i­tor, will be ap­pointed to the new po­si­tion of com­mis­sioner of cor­po­rate and leg­isla­tive ser­vices.

Richard Frey­mond, the city’s deputy trea­surer, will be ap­pointed trea­surer (with Clancy’s pro­mo­tion to CAO).

Dar­ren Han­cock, the city’s chief ac­coun­tant, will be ap­pointed deputy trea­surer.

San­dra Clancy

Al­lan Seabrooke

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