CITY VIEW – The hiring of Ann Pappert and the appropriate protest

Modified April 19, 2013

Guelph’s daily newspaper, owned by a corporation located out of town, claims that paying an existing employee a $20,000 relocation bonus because she was promoted to Chief Administration Officer, is “entirely appropriate”.

Let’s examine the facts. Ms. Pappert’s predecessor, Hans Loewig, never lived in Guelph and remained a resident of Brantford for his four years on the job. The taxpayers paid his travel expenses, including overnight stays in Guelph hotels.

There was no push by the administration to demand he live in Guelph.

Then he announced his retirement that turned out to be the long goodbye. The city hired a headhunting consultant to search for a Loewig replacement. The cost of that exercise was allegedly $45,000.

Apparently council was comfortable paying Mr. Loewig his full salary of $203,000 plus benefits for almost nine months after his announced retirement while the search for a replacement was conducted.

The result of the search came up with 10 candidates deemed to be qualified. That list was winnowed down to three among them Ms. Pappert and Executive Director of Human Resources, Mark Amorosi, plus one outsider. That individual changed his (her) mind and backed out of contention

To this day, no one outside of an exclusive group of elected officials knows why Ms. Pappert who lived in Waterloo was chosen over Mr. Amorosi, a resident of Hamilton. The public was never told the details of her qualifications for employment or her benefits and bonuses. Her starting salary has since grown to more than $200,000.

The daily paper keeps referring to “industry” standards that apply to hiring senior public servants to bolster its opinion that Ms. Pappert’s hiring was “entirely appropriate”.

Public service is not an industry. Governments of all shapes and sizes determine public service salaries and benefits. And the taxpayers pay those employment standards. It’s a big difference from that of private industry.

The facts are that public service employees have a cast iron security in their employment. They have seen their remuneration creep up beyond comparable private industry positions in many cases.

If the paper is interested, it should expend its resources to do comparative reporting on what public servants in Guelph are earning and those in private industry. Before welcoming Ann to Guelph, it should point out her professional qualifications were adequate when she was Executive Director of community and social services. But her new position carried more responsibility including a thorough understanding of financial management that a CAO needed to perform. During that previous period of employment with the city, the issue of relocation was never raised because there were other senior managers who did not live in the city that pays their salaries.

Further the daily paper never reported the relocation bonus paid to Ms Pappert. It came from the blog world. So why the sudden interest in it now? The cat’s already among the canaries. Have we reached a point where we have to bribe talented people from out of town to work in the city administration?

The decision to have the new CAO live in the city was made following revelations and public criticism about the sweetheart deal made with Hans Loewig.

It is true that choosing where to live is the job seeker’s choice not the prospective employer. But this council leadership made a mockery of hiring the new CAO by spending thousands in a charade when the final choice was just sitting down the hall.

Is it any wonder the people are growling?

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4 responses to “CITY VIEW – The hiring of Ann Pappert and the appropriate protest

  1. Jerry

    Problem one.
    The paper in question is in Farbridge”s back pocket.So of course what ever
    she says is right(wrong).
    Second problem.
    Anne Pappert is one of Farbridge:s stooges.
    Third problem.
    This smells of the same pile of sh-t that was the take down of one Gloria
    Kovach of the police board only to be replaced by another Farbridge
    stooge.
    Fourth problem.
    Every body needs a talking,smiling monkey that repeats every word
    that the head Monkey wants.
    I honestly think there is something big coming down the pipe and she needs
    all the votes(monkey:s)in line before hand.
    Do not know what it is but i am sure it will be us paying for it for years to
    come.

    Can”t wait for the next election.
    See you all there (and not just 20 %).I mean all 100%and watch how fast
    the rats abandon the ship and run for cover.

    • jpphelan55@hotmail.com

      I moved from Guelph because I was sick on Farbridge and her antics. At least that was one of my reasons for leaving. I may return when the city is handed back over to its citizens instead of the head monkey and her little group of zoo keepers………..indeed the citizens of Guelph will pay for the follies of this woman for years to come.

    • Jerry: You mentioned something big coming down the pipe. Any insight as to what it might be?

  2. Jerry

    Wouldn’t it be cheaper ( show us stupid citizens of Guelph(sacasm)
    to buy a train pass for her and show us how to save the planet?.

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