Monday, September 28, 2009

City Manager Retires After 30 Years

Jerry Berry Announces Retirement

In what is being called a surprise announcement, Jerry Berry has announced his intention to retire from the position of City Manager after 30 years of service in Nanaimo.

The report in the local Daily News says that his retirement would save taxpayers $219,000.00 annually as council has decided not to replace him.

Deputy city manager Al Kenning is expected to replace Berry in the interim and could eventually replace him.

There are no shortage of rumors and speculation surrounding the surprise announcement, but Mayor Ruttan insists the move is an amicable one for all concerned.

It is reported that senior staff members are confident they can share the duties of their long time boss and continue without a replacement.

Editor's Comment: If staff can continue without a replacement, how do you justify a $219,000.00 salary? I would also be curious about what kind of a severance package is due when someone retires? Is this another golden handshake courtesy of the taxpayer?


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