A Monument to the Leadership of Mayor Phyllis Morris
Posted by auroracitizen on April 18, 2010
After reading of the latest departure of Peter Horvath after 19 years as the Municipal Manager of Operations, we thought we have a look at the legacy that is Phyllis Morris.
There has been debate about who and when to name streets in Aurora after. So here’s a thought. How about naming streets after town staff who have been fallen by the Phyllis Morris dictatorship. (Note tongue placed firmly in cheek with no disrespect to those who served in the armed forces). We could build an entire subdivision and not run out of names.
Possibly we should erect a monument with Mayor Morris perched triumphantly on top, with the ever-expanding list of the departed chiselled below, so we could remember her legacy long after she is gone. She is determined to be remembered– possibly this is her legacy.
Councillor Buck began a list. We thought we would update it as it continues to grow. If we have missed anyone, please send a note and we will update.
- Chief Administrative Officer (fired)
- Director of Planning (early retirement)
- Integrity Commissioner (fired after delivering his first report)
- Treasurer (resigned day new Chief Administrative Officer commenced employment & replaced by appointment by new CAO without a formal recruitment process)
- Public Works Director
- Acting Public Works Director
- Manager of Works Operations
- Assistant Solicitor
- Clerk/Director of Corporate Services (took early retirement)
- Clerk/Director of Corporate Services (left after only 8 months into 5 year contract)
- Administrative Assistant Director of Corporate Services
- Deputy Clerk
- Human Resources Officer
- Manager of Bylaw Services
- Council Secretary
- Administrative Assistant to the Mayor and Council
- Economic Development Officer (chose not to renew contract)
- Museum Curator (replaced as a paid position by Mayor’s friend and campaign organiser Ken Whitehurst)
- Heritage Planner
These are all significant positions that represent a considerable corporate memory — there are probably more that didn’t make the papers. So aside from the impact on employee morale, the historical memory that has been lost is significant. Plus the loss of productivity as new staff begin to understand their role and issues that are within their new job.
The financial loss is incalculable — but significant.
That’s it for now, so please send in any others who have departed this term so we have a complete record — just in case Phyllis needs the list for her monument.