By Ryan McGreal
Published December 16, 2011
Ward 4 Councillor Sam Merulla has issued a public statement expressing disappointment in Mayor Bob Bratina's "failure to adhere to the City's salary administration policy" in setting the policy for his Chief of Staff, Peggy Chapman, and requesting that the mayor "negotiate a voluntary amendment" to the employment contract.
If the Mayor is not successful in renegotiating the contract, Merulla's statement calls on him to "seek to reconcile any and all offending salaries" in consultation with the City's Human Resources and Legal departments, and to report back to Council.
As at this writing, Council is still in camera and has not publicly made a decision. However, tweets coming from some councillors suggest Council will not take action on Chapman's raise.
Ward 5 Councillor Chad Collins wrote at 1:31 PM today:
Unfortunately Council has received several versions of what has transpired; it is clear that we cannot come to an agreed statement of facts.
Similarly, according to Ward 8 Councillor Terry Whitehead at 1:45 PM today:
The Mayor, his Chief of Staff have the power to respond to the outcry from the community to resolve this, Unfortunately our hands are tied.
Here is Merulla's full statement:
That council is disappointed in and disagrees of [sic] the Mayor's failure to adhere to the City's salary administration policy in setting salary rates for staff in his office.
That the Mayor use his best efforts to negotiate a voluntary amendment to any administration policy and report back to council on the results of his efforts.
That if the mayor is unable to negotiate voluntary amendments to employment contracts to bring them in compliance with the City's salary administration policy that the mayor is requested in consultation with H.R. and legal to seek to reconcile any and all offending salaries for the balance of the term of council and report back to council.
with files from Joey Coleman