Everyone understands the sensitivities around speaking publically about human resources issues. It’s dangerous and could lead to the wrong message being sent out regarding the employee, employer or both, should the slightest of slips occur.
However, sometimes human resources issues become operational issues in scope.
Sometimes, when the issues involve leadership of public entities — such as municipalities — the employer, or taxpayers, need answers.
Corner Brook chief administrative officer Mike Dolter is on leave. That’s all the public knows right now. The position carries with it the behemeth responsibility of running a city, with taxpayers’ money no less, and exactly how it operates without someone at the helm is information the people of Corner Brook deserve to know.
When taxpayers elect councils, they elect individuals, not parties. Those councils are put in place to represent the people and do what’s best for the municipality they serve. Part of that representation is providing a voice on the issues that matter.
The people of Corner Brook respect and understand the ramifications of speaking on personnel issues. But they also deserve to know how their city is running and who is running it beyond the elected officials.
Do the right thing, council, and give people some answers.