During the last election campaign, I promised to the voters of St. Boniface Ward that if elected, my first act as City Councillor would be to move a motion for an “annual performance evaluation” for the City of Winnipeg’s Chief Administrative Officer (CAO).
Prior to the last election, there were several times where the performance of our top administration- under the direction of the previous Mayor and Council - was called into serious question. Public confidence in the leadership of our Civic Administration was badly hurt.
The CAO is one of the City’s most important positions. They lead the administration and implement the will of our citizens elected Council.
As promised, this was the first motion I moved to Council.
Later, I moved a second motion, with the support of Mayor Brian Bowman. It passed Council unanimously. I asked that this ‘evaluation’ be expanded to include the other three ‘Statuatory Officers’; the staff who and hired by and who report directly to City Council; “The Chief Financial Officer (CFO)”, the City Auditor, and the Chief City Clerk.
Today, this huge step forward for accountability at City Hall was made! Each year, a committee of Council will meet and review the performance our our four statutory officers, to whom all City staff eventually report. Further to that, I am thrilled that we will make an external performance summary report card, that will be made available to the public which will confirm that we are doing our job as a Council to evaluate our statutory officers.
I’d also like to add that I was a part of the committee which hired our current CAO Doug McNeil, a great man in whom I have the greatest confidence and respect and who was hired by Council with a unanimous vote.
I am thrilled to have had the support of a large majority on Council to move this plan forward, and I appreciate all of those who have helped make this a reality, especially Mayor Brian Bowman, My Council colleagues, and most of all my constituents in St. Boniface.
Let’s keep up the work together!