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Ex CAO won't back down
The former Chief Administrative Officer of Lake Country isn't backing down from his allegations against the council he once served.
Randy Rose, who retired in 2010 after 14 years as CAO of the municipality is sticking by his assertion that council has wasted about $1M in unnecessary buyouts and severance packages.
"Really, the entire organization has been purged and the suggestion by the municipality is that they are saving all this money," says Rose.
"If you actually look in detail you discover approximately $1M in hard cash has been spent on these severances."
Rose claims those dismissals have not resulted in savings to the taxpayers...quite the opposite.
"If you look at the finances of the municipality there has been no saving at all. It's been just hard cost. This time it's the same thing," says Rose.
"As a taxpayer I'm looking at it and I'm think, 'what's going on.' I can understand some tweaking...but nobody has said what did it cost and that's what I'm doing."
In 2012 Rose says cuts involved planning and corporate services among others. He adds it's not entirely clear all the positions currently being cut.
According to Rose these cuts have not come as a result of overstaffing or redundancy. He says these jobs still need to be done.
"If you look at the first go around (2012) and I'll use the planning department as an example...the net result out of all of this is they have the same number of people an the same kinds of positions. There are some different names but the same amount of money is being spent," says Rose.
"There was no saving. It's just a shell game really."
In a statement released Tuesday Lake Country Mayor, James Baker says Rose's comments are 'dead wrong.'
“The allegation of waste is a ridiculous and defamatory assertion. The cost of terminating the two employees under this restructure is far, far less, and will be off-set promptly by economies and new procedures. Rose’s comments are unprofessional, and based on rumours and innuendos, not facts," says Baker.
Rose was not surprised by the comments.
"I guess what you try to do is blame someone else for something but I know that the numbers are correct.
At this point in time knowing what's disappearing and changing I know what the cost is. I know when the public is being fed a bunch of B.S. and that's what we're hearing coming out of city hall."
While making serious allegations against an administration that, as a group, faces re-election in less that five months, Rose says he is not likely to run for council.
"I think there are a lot of good people in town...and I would hope there are some really good people that will come forward," says Rose.
"I wouldn't suggest there is no chance of me running, but that is certainly not my intent."
He says his intent is to bring factual information forward and 'let the chips fall where they may.'
Lake Country voters, like the rest of BC, go to the polls to elect a new mayor and council November 15.
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