Stumbling along like the tumbling tumbleweed

Newly minted Chief Administration Officer Ann Pappert not only rearranged the deck chairs on the good ship Farbridge but gave herself a new title: Executive Director. Shouldn’t that be Chief Executive Director as there are a number of executive directors around city hall?

After almost a year, the administration is now casting about for three senior jobs including: Executive director for finance and enterprise services; general manager of finance and an internal auditor.

Pappert says there will be no additional charges to the budget as two of the jobs have been vacant and the internal auditor position was approved in the 2012 budget.

One would think that hiring a new executive director for finance and enterprise services, that this successful individual would have a say, in hiring the other two seeing they report to that position.

Why would the executing director for finance (etc) be involved in enterprise services?

What are enterprise services? Pappert explained that there is a need to be strategic financial planning and, “be enterprising with how we manage risk.”

The stated objective with these financial positions and moving other various departments under the umbrella of the community and social services department, is to spur innovation and enterprise in the city.

This is what happens when you let amateurs run the hardball league.

These changes are just embroidery over some deeply entrenched reactionary systems and procedures that has made Guelph the place not to do business.

A recent example is the auto parts company that was going to build in the Hanlon Business Park and decided to walk away from the deal.

How is the new executive director of finance going to handle that situation?

These moves are the hallmark of the Farbridge administration. They create new positions; give the senior managers long-winded titles and salaries. And then interlace the mélange with dopey rules and regulations that stifle commercial and industrial growth.

It appears there are too many chiefs and not enough firemen at 1 Carden Street.

If one needs further proof that the Farbridge administration is moribund in ideology, lacking basic business sensitivity and acumen, look no farther than this so-called reorganization.

The Mayor recently attended a workshop to expand invention, the patron saint of innovation, into realistic business ventures.

Did she not understand what the panelists were talking about?

The spirit of entrepreneurship has been deadened in city hall for the past five years.

Is a new executive director of finance and enterprise services going to change that?

Don’t hold your breath.

Besides, if past history of hiring senior financial staff is any indication, we may not see someone hired possibly into the fall or even next year.


Filed under Between the Lines

3 responses to “Stumbling along like the tumbling tumbleweed

  1. Ruby

    You are so right Gerry.
    Just a bunch of self-congratulatory navel gazers without a “clue in a carload”.
    Notice in the Tribune article on this today (Feb. 9) that the guy who had Anne’s job for one week wasn’t mentioned. Sad and funny at the same time.

  2. Craig Chamberlain

    Gerry, I think there is an acknowlegment in the re-organization that change was needed, and that Ms. Pappert is signalling with the re-org and the new position that she is serious about getting things moving forward. I think that is a good thing. This is not to take away from your point that the other hiring hasn’t happened. As a citizen, as a dad, I want to be optimistic about the outcome of this.

    • Craig: After five years of monitoring how this administration works, its history of management does not support my optimism. It spent $40,000 to a headhunter to discover that we had the winning candidate for Chief Administration Officer right on our own staff. This is only one example of citizens being misled by a ruthless administration bent on perpetrating its ideology and dominance of the Guelph civic politic. This condition will continue until the voters in the city awake and elect a council that is competent in the whole, diverse and serves the interests of all citizens and not just those of the minority special interests. We have a city to rebuild on a firm financial foundation and provide stability to maintain our way of life.

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