He’s facing allegations of bullying and a letter from seven of his eight councilors expressing a lack of confidence in his leadership, but so far no sign that Nanaimo’s Mayor, Bill McKay, will resign.
The alleged bullying was leveled against at Nanaimo’s interim chief administrative officer, Tracy Samra.
But Councilor Wendy Pratt says there’s been what she describes as “a lot of disturbing and unprofessional behaviour” from the Mayor.
LISTEN: Wendy Pratt describes problems on Nanaimo Council
Pratt says the problem started when Samra came on in an interim capacity, and has only gotten worse since.
“Lack of attendance at meetings, when he does come to meetings half the time he leaves before it’s over or he comes late.”
“It’s just caused a fair amount of disruption, enough so that we have have made some decisions to move forward in a much more cohesive and colaborative way.”
She says it’s forced the rest of council to work around the mayor to get the city’s business done.
“It has broken down over time. But has gotten worse. And the mayor has been very vocal about not wanting the city manager there. And the rest of us are totally behind the city manager and are trying to move forward with her.”
“There is no communication between the mayor and council or the mayor and staff. We’re really at a bit of a stalemate here and he’s not responding to any of our requests.”
We have asked the office of Nanaimo’s mayor for comment, we’ve yet to hear a response.