The CVRD had become a monster without a mission under the guidance of former CAO Warren Jones, and the too timid by half elected representatives entrusted with providing effective and accountable governance in the Cowichan Valley.
By all measures the non stop series of cock-ups seemed as out of control as the management and coaching staff of the hapless Vancouver Canucks.
The mind numbing performance of our elected officials who seem to think that vigorous debate, lively exchanges of opinions and viewpoints were somehow, well wrong, contributed in no small way to the malaise and straight out incompetence that became the personality of the CVRD in its’ entirety.
The Chair and Directors, to their credit, finally bite the bullet and fired the CAO who had ushered in the corporate model of governance. Up against it they brought back the sometimes cranky, but always effective former longtime administrator Frank Raimondo.
While the ongoing restructuring and dismissals seem to be well underway the elected folks must share the burden of allowing the organizations unprecedented and unwarranted growth.
Raimondo must now try to sort it out if his six month term if is to be a worthwhile endeavour.
So far at least two significant firings have taken place since he was brought in to sort out the mess that was left.
The first and most significant was the CVRD Board’s firing of CAO Warren Jones who was comforted with a $335,000 payout.
Then under Raimondo’s watch came the mysterious dismissal of mid level manager David Leitch, and on Thursday longtime CVRD recycling guy Bob McDonald was shown the door.
McDonald and Engineering Manager Brian Dennison stick handled the ill fated Eco Depot debacle which in itself left political watchers gasping.
Here we had an Engineer and a Recycling Technician pressed into action to conduct a pretend public process of engagement with the community who were understandably not having it.
The Planning Department was having no part of it either. They knew full well that the CVRD did not have the zoning in place to proceed and they were obviously not about to join in the ‘Earth is Flat’ exercise that dominated, at great expense, the local political affairs of the community for over two years.
Mercifully, the Supreme Court explained the fippin’ obvious to them, that they did not have the authority to proceed and the court ordered costs to be paid back to the community activists who had fund raised and forced them into court.
Yes, this is history, but Bob McDonald played a key role in that effort. He was thrust forward by the politicians into a role that he was both unsuited for and untrained to do. Now he is another former management casualty.
This surviving ex CVRD Director smells a return of the bid to build a South Cowichan Eco Depot in the air.
In time we will learn the real story here, but that is my sense of it at this stage.