Corner Brook’s city council officially fired its chief administrative officer, Mike Dolter, at Monday night’s public meeting.
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Mike Dolter, Corner Brooks chief administrative officer, is seen at a city council meeting last week.
One of the last items on council’s agenda for the public meeting, Mayor Charles Pender read out a press release announcing the termination of Dolter’s employment, citing it was done “on a without cause basis.”
City council, said Pender, has decided to take Corner Brook “in a new direction” and that required fresh leadership in the chief administrative officer position.
“Due to the sensitive and personal nature of this decision, council will not be providing any additional details at this time,” read the prepared statement, which noted council is following the direction of the appropriate legislation in implementing this decision.
Dolter had been on administrative leave since May 30. City officials declined to comment on the reason for the leave, saying they would not discuss human resources matters.
Last Thursday, Pender announced via his Twitter account that Dale Park had been named acting CAO in Dolter’s absence.
The City of Corner Brook Act states that a city manager or department head can be dismissed if two-thirds of councillors vote in favour at a meeting held no earlier than one month after a similar motion to dismiss was carried.
The Act states that a meeting of councillors may not hold a vote on a motion to dismiss unless: “(a) a written notice of the meeting signed by the councillors intending to make the motion and second it is deposited with the city clerk; and (b) a copy of the notice addressed to the person who is the subject of the motion is served on that person personally or by leaving it at his or her latest known address at least 1 week before the date of the meeting of the council at which the motion to dismiss is to be made.”
Dolter took the reins as CAO on Jan. 31, 2005 after the position was left vacant when Jim Kennedy retired 10 months prior.
He spent 19 years in the military prior to retiring to become the city’s chief administrative officer under then-Mayor Priscilla Boutcher. After graduating from Memorial University with a bachelor of commerce, Dolter went on to obtain his masters in business administration from the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ont.
He held several management positions in the military after being trained as a finance officer. He also spent a year peacekeeping in the Middle East.
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Reasons for dismissal
83. (1) The city manager or department head may be dismissed by a vote of 2/3 of the councillors in office at a meeting called in accordance with subsection (2), where the vote to dismiss is confirmed by a similar vote at a meeting of the councillors held not earlier than 1 month after the meeting at which the 1st vote to dismiss was carried.
(2) A meeting of councillors may not hold a vote on a motion to dismiss under subsection (1) unless
(a) a written notice of the meeting signed by the councillors intending to make the motion and second it is deposited with the city clerk; and
(b) a copy of the notice addressed to the person who is the subject of the motion is served on that person personally or by leaving it at his or her latest known address at least 1 week before the date of the meeting of the council at which the motion to dismiss is to be made.
Source: The City of Corner Brook Act