© Star photo by Geraldine Brophy
Mayor Charles Pender is seen during Monday’s council meeting. Corner Brook’s city council officially fired its chief administrative officer, Mike Dolter, at that public meeting.
Mike Dolter says he bears no ill will and has no regrets about his more than nine years as the City of Corner Brook’s chief administrative officer, a job he was terminated from by a vote of city council Monday.
Dolter took over the job Jan. 31, 2005, but was placed an administrative leave May 30, of this year.
At a privileged meeting of city council Monday, it was decided to permanently terminate Dolter from the position. Council announced its decision at a public meeting later Monday evening.
Reached by phone after the meeting, Dolter said he plans to focus on the positive side of the situation.
“I really enjoyed my time with the city,” he said. “I worked with some fantastic staff who made things easy for me and I have worked with some great community partners. I think, over the nine years I was there, we were able to get a lot of positive things done.”
City council said it was relieving Dolter of his duties “on a without cause basis” and that council believes fresh leadership is required now to take Corner Brook in a new direction.
Dolter said he had no direct discussions with council about this new direction.
He also has no concerns about the legal process the city followed in taking the steps to remove him as CAO.
“Ill will doesn’t get anybody anywhere,” he said of his feelings about how the situation unfolded. “Decisions are made for different reasons. I’m sure I’ve made decisions in the past that people haven’t necessarily liked. I can’t fault anybody for making a decision if they had to make one. All I can do is accept it and move forward.”
Dolter acknowledged the past two weeks have been difficult, but said the support of his wife, kids and close friends has helped him come to terms with the city’s decision.
“Anytime something like this happens, it causes angst, but we’re a strong family and we’ve been dealing with it together,” he said. “We will work things through as a family.”
Dolter said he and his wife, Bev, hope to stay in Corner Brook, but he doesn’t know how realistic that will be in terms of finding new work.
“I would love to stay here, but I am not closing the door on any opportunities,” he said.