QC council has to abandon informality, says administrator

  • Oct. 26, 2005 9:00 a.m.

By Heather Ramsay–“Informality may have to fall off the table,” interim administrator Dave Wilson told Queen Charlotte management committee members at last Wednesday night’s meeting.
He watched from the sidelines as the management committee held its regular meeting, in which members were addressed by their first names and comments from the public were regularly solicited.
He said when the new council meets for the first time December 7, certain protocols will have to be followed, including the use of proper titles.
The mayor should be addressed as “Your worship” and councillors must be referred to by their title and their last name.
It is more formal, he said, but there is good reason for it.
The newly elected council members will be schooled in the protocols before the first meeting.
A lot of business must be attended to in the first meeting, along with the pomp and circumstance of provincial ministers and possibly the Lieutenant Governor attending. Mr. Wilson is preparing the first-year budget bylaw, which must be adopted at the first meeting.
He is also searching for applicants for chief administrative officer, a position required by law. He says the village will not need much more in the way of staff.
He will present a short list of candidates to council on December 7.

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