Cumberland mayor clarifies his role in CAO hiring process

Dear editor,

I feel I must clarify my role in the matter of the CAO selection for the residents of Cumberland.

Dear editor,

While I do not make it a practice to respond to letters to the editor, I feel I must clarify my role in the matter of the CAO selection for the residents of Cumberland.

My first suggestion to council was to consider leaving this selection process to the new council in December and that was declined by the majority and that is fair enough.

I then proposed that the mayor and two councillors along with an HR professional, and a CAO from another jurisdiction form the selection committee and make recommendation to the whole council for final approval.

Since the three councillors who eventually formed the committee all wanted to be on it and did not wish to spend money on the professional additions, I chose not to be a part of it and I did nothing to block them from carrying out their democratic right.

When I was contacted by the media to advise me that there was a lot of talk around town, which I had also heard, that the selection was wrong and the candidate was not suitable, I stated clearly that I do not know the candidate and he may be very good, but the process was a mockery.

That was no doubt a strong word, which I normally would not have used, but my concern was not sour grapes, and I did not disrespect the democratic process. I, in fact told the mayor-elect that if they are happy with their choice, good for them. They do not need my blessing.

But it is my obligation to respond to a question and I did so. I did not go out and approach the media. My concern was more for the need for the process to withstand the scrutiny of a challenge from one of the other candidates.

I believe I have served fairly well for the past 15 years and made the choice to let new blood take over on my own, so there would be no reason for “sour grapes.”

I have no doubt made mistakes and will continue to make them in whatever I do, but I have never done anything that was not intended to be for the betterment of the Village of Cumberland and I will stand behind that statement in my what I feel is an earned retirement.

If there are those who wish to continue to throw mud, so be it. I have no difficulty accepting that everyone will not share my vision, but do not accept that I should be ashamed of my actions on behalf of my village.

Fred Bates,

Cumberland

Editor’s note: Mayor Fred Bates did not run for re-election.

Just Posted

‘Police are ready’ for legal pot, say Canadian chiefs

But Canadians won’t see major policing changes as pot becomes legal

VIDEO: Care-A-Van offers more than just care in a van

Mobile clinic brings medical and social services to the Valley’s most vulnerable

Comox Valley Regional District seeking input on development of Tsolum River Agricultural Watershed Plan

This fall, the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) is inviting the community… Continue reading

Lane closure in Courtenay at Lewis Centre

The City of Courtenay will be working on the water distribution system… Continue reading

Comox Valley’s Rainbow Youth Theatre hosting 30th birthday party

Join Rainbow Youth Theatre for a 30th anniversary celebration at the Sid… Continue reading

Naked man jumping into Toronto shark tank a ‘premeditated’ stunt: official

The man swam in a tank at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

Transport Canada to take new look at rules, research on school bus seatbelts

Canada doesn’t currently require seatbelts on school buses

Courtenay’s Dingwall Road to be temporarily closed for construction

Next week, the intersection of Dingwall Road and McQuillan Road will be… Continue reading

Sockeye run in Shuswap expected to be close to 2014 numbers

Salute to the Sockeye on Adams River continues until Sunday, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m.

Michelle Mungall’s baby first in B.C. legislature chamber

B.C. energy minister praises support of staff, fellow MLAs

Canucks: Pettersson in concussion protocol, Beagle out with broken forearm

Head coach Travis Green called the hit ‘a dirty play’

5 tips for talking to your kids about cannabis

Health officials recommend sharing a harm reduction-related message.

NHL players say Canada’s legalization of marijuana won’t impact them

NHL players say the legalization of marijuana in Canada won’t change how they go about their business.

Automated cars could kill wide range of jobs, federal documents say

Internal government documents show that more than one million jobs could be lost to automated vehicles, with ripple effects far beyond the likeliest professions.

Most Read