The fallout from the Rogers Report of 2015 continues to rock Port Alberni City Council.
The city paid more than $50,000 for an independent report on management structure at city hall, which led to managers being dismissed, re-positioned, and forced out.
The union that represents city staff sent a letter to Mayor and Council, complaining the ripples from the report have had long-lasting effects on city staff.
CUPE local 118 president Stacy Watton says the city used to be a good employer, but blamed this recent council for a 325% increase in turnover, which has cost the city years of knowledge and created a deficit in morale.
Mayor Mike Ruttan reacted to the letter at last night’s final meeting of this council, and said he has nothing to apologize for.
“We haven’t done anything that we need to apologize for. We did exactly what taxpayers expected of us … and made the organizational and financial changes that were necessary,” he said.
At last week’s mayoral debate, Sharie Minions publicly apologized for supporting Judy Rogers’ recommendations.
Since then, a few other members of council have also apologized, blaming their inexperience at the time.