The city’s deputy city manager, James Ridge, got named the chief information officer or some such thing recently, according to city internal emails. That ought to allay the rumours, at least in that corner, that Ridge, who came to Vancouver from North Van a couple of years ago, was going to be one of those senior staffers who bolted in the wake of city manager Judy Rogers’ abrupt departure. Ridge was in charge of information technology at the city of Toronto, his previous stint before North Van, so it’s a good fit. It also promises to be a booming area, with a council that loves new information technologies.
I understand that there are other senior staff who are unhappy and had been considering their options. The new administration is letting those whom it wants to hang onto know they’re valued — presumably with new areas of responsibility and kind words. We’ll know who is who in the coming months by who stays (and gets rewarded) and who doesn’t.