Former PG City Manager Parts Ways With Another Municipality
Prince George, BC – A little more than a year after former City Manager Beth James and the City of Prince George came to a mutual agreement to end their relationship, comes word James and her current employer have arrived at the same spot…
On January 10, 2015, 250News reporter, Don Hawkins, broke the story that James and the City had parted ways. (click here, for full article)
Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall said that City Council and James “(had) mutually agreed to end their relationship, effective January 9th, 2015. The decision reflects the Mayor and Council intention to chart a new course for the City and we thank Ms. James for her dedicated service and wish her success in her future endeavours.”
Just 13-months later, on February 12, 2016, a similarly-worded news release from Parkland County, Alberta is announcing, “The Mayor and Council of Parkland County, together with Beth James, Chief Administrative Officer, have mutually agreed to end their relationship as of February 12, 2016. Ms. James brought considerable expertise to her position and the Mayor and Council wish to thank her for her dedicated service and wish her well in her future endeavours.” No word on a severance package from the rural municipality, just west of Edmonton.
James was hired by former Prince George Mayor Shari Green and City Council back in March, 2013. A news release at that time, stated James had been the unanimous choice, following a national search. Her compensation package included a salary of $212-thousand dollars per year, $6,000 annual vehicle allowance, a one-time relocation expense not to exceed $25-thousand dollars, and severance package of six months salary, plus one month per year of service.
The City would not release the dollar amount last January, but confirmed severance was part of the negotiations that wrapped up James’ time as Prince George City Manager.