Last night, I downloaded and then did a cursory review of the recently completed and released Municipality of Crowsnest Pass Report on the Corporate Review, done by George B. Cuff & Associates Ltd., October 2009.
Let me say from the outset and in all fairness that no one was spared. From the mayor, cao, council, management, and on down, fault was found.
It is not my intent in this post to get into the particulars of where we have failed as a community in the administration of our municipality. However, with this in mind, one thing is glaringly obvious from this report and that is that over the years of this mayor’s reign we have been poorly managed, have an economic disaster on our hands as a result, are in a fiscal mess (… the Municipality is facing significant fiscal challenges over the next few years… consistent erosion of Municipal equity, including reserves), and have a municipal workforce and community that is demoralized, while at the same time, we have been suffering from a lack of fundamentals in the areas of strategic planning, vision and policy development.
The aforementioned is just a sampling from the report of the serious problems and down-ward slope that we have been on for some time now. There is still lots more… I leave it to you my readers to read the report for yourselves and then ask yourself, how could we as a community have allowed things to get this bad? Were we blind, stupid, or was it just plain apathy combined with the big local ‘conservative’ political machine?
And before some of you who have not read the report start blaming this council (who are for the most part serving their first term) solely for all our community’s ills, please remember the many problems and issues pointed out in the report are long in the making, having a common denominator, whose presence and micro-managing (… the mayor exercises more control… than is healthy or normal to other municipalities), has resulted in this second corporate review in as many years of his recent rule. Never mind the revolving door of CAO’s, CFO’s, Community Services Directors and Public Works Superintendents that have come and gone during this period. (With even more on the way, me thinks??)
His unwillingness to change or adjust to new circumstances and a new age has resulted in council(s) and a community at loggerheads, having no particular course of action planned to move forward.
This report and the one before are clear indictments that his leadership is anything but, and it is time for this community to finally wake up to that fact.
What was leadership, after all, but the blind choice of one route over another and the confident pretence that the decision was based on reason?