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Changes at City Hall

Friday, August 21, 2015 @ 3:59 AM

city hallPrince George, B.C.- There’s been a major reorganization of duties within what is now the Engineering and Public Works Department of Prince George City Hall and the changes see the return of  a post to  handle environmental issues.

In January of 2012,  job cuts saw the environmental  department decimated,  all three in that department  were let go.  The shuffle now ads  the position of Environmental Coordinator, which will be paired with  an assistant. “It is a restoration of some of the environmental capacity that we formerly had” says General Manager Frank Blues and  that position will take on a broad role as the City’s co-advisor of any environmental issues the City has to deal with.  Right now,  when the City needs  that expertise, it has to hire  someone from outside  its ranks. “We actually  changed one of our existing positions from an engineering assistant in our utility plants and we’ve modified that position to  be an  environmental  assistant.”

The changes  will see two new engineering positions created says Blues “For me this is about  bringing a better balance to our in house professional capacity to match that to the  external expertise that generally is specialists that we bring in.”  He says City staff  do very broad and diverse work, “We need that generalist knowledge to manage the diversity of the infrastructure that we’re in charge of and what that helps us do, is to appropriately  define the scope of work and also be aware of when we need that specialist expertise to be brought in.”

The net effect of the shuffling will see no change in the number of management positions and will add three new CUPE inside  worker  positions.  Blues says from a budget point of view, the added professional engineering support will be funded from the capital  plan, not the usual operations budget. “So the net effect  from the cost  point of view, will be roughly the equivalent of one additional full time person.”

So while the City is hiring two, it is losing  one as Blues will no longer be on the payroll as he is retiring at the end of this month after  30 years of service with the City.

Blues says   the  funding from  the capital plan will not have any  negative impact on proposed projects “In those cases we would often hire external expertise.”

Another change sees  the management of transit  move out of  engineering  to the  planning  department “We are restoring a full time Transit support person.”  Blues  says  the return of a full time position ( it was previously  under the  umbrella of  parks, solid waste and transit) “We learned back in 2004 that with a major shake up in our  transit system both in routes and frequency of service we implemented a much stronger  presence locally in the marketing and development of transit services. Unfortunately that  diminished over time, this change is about restoring that focus”.  Blues says in 2004  Transit had about 750 thousand riders a year, and last year it was about 2 million “And we want to see that revenue picture increase.”



CUPE is getting their payback! Bend over tax payers!

Considering that Transit is contracted out to PW Transit, why was it necessary to make any changes.????

Use contactors or your own staff that have knowledge of the area, structures and issues day to day makes sense.

3 new employees is payback axman? They hire a communications person who’s salary is probably more than the 3 new employees combines.. So who is getting payback?

Posted on Friday, August 21, 2015 @ 11:01 AM by P Val with a score of 1

3 new employees is payback axman?


It’s just the start. 3 more people sucking on the taxpayer’s teat while filling the union coffers.

so its okay to hire a communications operator for $150,000 a yr because he isn’t Union…nice thought process you have.

Posted on Friday, August 21, 2015 @ 12:44 PM by P Val with a score of -1

so its okay to hire a communications operator for $150,000 a yr because he isn’t Union…nice thought process you have.


As far as I’m concerned, our various civil services are over bloated, regardless of them being in the union or otherwise. Unions were born out of the need to protect the worker and I fully support that. However, it’s gotten to the point that the taxpayer now needs protection from all the over bloated, over paid and under worked public sector employee unions.

I agree but the “bloat” is it at all levels in our city hall.. Not just union members.

“CUPE is getting their payback! Bend over tax payers!”
Axman……..they’re exempt positions………….

You are correct Grizzly. This looks like at least 3 new (possibly more if vacancies are replentished) non union “coffer filling, taxpayer teat sucking” positions. So Axman, the next time you say “over paid, under worked, public sector employee UNIONS” remember….new office jobs, no new people you see operating equipment for an hourly rate. Im not disagreeing with doing work “in house” instaed of contracting out, in fact it is too bad these positions were ever lost, but I read this to mean the union has no new hires Axman.

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