UPDATED: April 12 2019 – The video of the live stream forum is now avialable: Synergy will be hosting the Chestermere-Strathmore All Candidates Forum at the Chestermere Rec Center Thursday April 11th from 6:30pm – 9:00pm and we will be live streaming it right here. We are expecting to see Read more…
The video below shows Derek Fildebrandt at the Strathmore on Monday April 23rd, claiming that UCP leader Jason Kenney told him he could not run against a female UCP member:
…What Jason (Kenney) said to me. It’s not about me challenging other incumbents. It was only about me challenging female incumbents… And he said I could run against any other men… I don’t think it serves women well to have effectively affirmative action in politics…
It should be noted that Mr. Fildebrandt is accused of many politically unsettling problems including:
Please note that www.PartisianIssues.com is trying to stay out of Municipal politics. In Chestermere’s case specifically, we know that the new Council will make mistakes but that those mistakes will be well intentioned and not malicious.
Claim: Chestermere Is In Too Much of a Hurry To Handle Its Own CAO Search:
This is perhaps the strangest claim made in the article so we will deal with it first. Our original article made three fundamental points;
Lacombe will do their CAO search much faster than Chestermere
Lacombe will do their CAO search for somewhere between $100K and $200K less than Chestermere
Temporary staff, almost by their very definition, will not develop meaningful changes
The simple fact is that even though Lacombe started their CAO search after Chesteremere did, Lacombe has already hired a new CAO. Chestermere is still spending $27,000 on a person (who we are sure is a smart, qualified but temporary CAO) that has not made any notable changes to the city that any other CAO wouldn’t have done.
Beyond this we found it odd to imply that Lacombe isn’t in a hurry to get their CAO work done. Clearly this is inaccurate; Lacombe is done and Chestermere isn’t.
In a vacuum it is often difficult to see the value of one city’s processes over another. There are always differences that outsiders do not understand. However, there are unique situations in which very similar cities perform the same task at the same time but one costs radically more. We found just such a circumstance and are comparing the search for a City Manager in Chestermere with that in Lacombe.
Let’s start by showing their similarities:
Both are similar size cities in Alberta
Both have very similar annual budgets
Both are located just outside major cities (Calgary & Edmonton)
WHAT IS A CAO?
A Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) is the ONLY employee of your City Council. Under the Alberta Municipal Government Act (MGA) those elected to Council are explicitly forbidden from giving direction to staff; only the CAO can hire, fire and direct staff. The CAO is sometimes referred to as the City Manager and that is a good description. CAO’s must be intimately familiar with the Alberta MGA and generally well connected in the municipal political sphere.
Put simply the CAO prevents elected officials from breaking the law and translates the will of City Council into action with city staff, so it is an important position to be sure.
The real question should be “how much is that position worth” but that is a discussion for another day. Today, we are looking at what it costs to hire them and we think you will be startled by the numbers. Specifically, what are the costs incurred between the time the old CAO left and the new CAO started.