This went out at 10:11 today (while the civics panel was on at CKNW with Bill Good — how handy) and has quickly spread all over town. CKNW’s Janet Brown is reporting that Ridge is leaving because of “politicization” at city hall, though no word that Ridge is talking directly to anyone.
Not a total surprise he’s leaving, as it was known he was seeing a headhunter who was aggressively shopping for a job for him. He’s not the only Vancouver staffer visiting headhunters, as we know, but municipal jobs are in short supply these days so the exodus that might have happened a couple of years ago has definitely been slowed by the economy.
From: Ballem, Penny
To: Robertson, Gregor; Anton, Suzanne; Cadman, David; Chow, George; Deal, Heather; Jang, Kerry; Louie, Raymond; Meggs, Geoff; Reimer, Andrea; Stevenson, Tim; Woodsworth, Ellen
Cc: Magee, Michael; Humphrey, Brent; Quinlan, Kevin; Dobrinskaya, Maria; Corporate Management Team (COV) – DL
Sent: Tue Apr 28 10:11:25 2009
Subject: Resignation of Deputy City Manager, James Ridge
Dear Mayor and Council,
I am writing to advise you that James Ridge, Deputy City Manager, has accepted a position as Associate Vice President, Enrollment Services/Registrar at the University of British Columbia.
And this out in the afternoon from UBC
Subject: FW: UBC Media Release 28-April-2009: Career public servant to become UBC’s next Registrar
MEDIA RELEASE | APRIL 28, 2009
Career public servant to become UBC’s next Registrar
A career public servant has been appointed Associate Vice President, Enrollment Services/Registrar at the University of British Columbia.
James Ridge, Deputy City Manager at the City of Vancouver, will assume responsibilities for UBC student recruitment, admissions, financial assistance and other operational matters as well as serving as Secretary of the UBC Senate as mandated by the University Act.
“James Ridge brings a wealth of public sector knowledge and senior management experience to the university,” said UBC President Stephen Toope, “and I believe his contributions to enhancing the UBC student experience will be substantial.”
Ridge’s public sector career began in 1982 with an eight-year stint in the Canadian Forces, where he attained the rank of Major. He became director of the Crime Control Commission of Ontario before taking on a series of licensing and planning positions with the City of Toronto, where he played a key role in municipal amalgamation, culminating in 2001 when he became CIO/Director of Information Technology. Prior to joining the City of Vancouver, Ridge was Chief Administrative Officer of the District of North Vancouver.
“His record of achieving outstanding team effectiveness and service is superbly fitted to building on current strengths and acting on the recommendations of Enrollment Services reviews at the Okanagan and Vancouver campuses,” said Brian Sullivan, Vice President, Students, to whom Ridge reports.
“I am delighted for this unexpected opportunity and enthusiastic about doing my part to help UBC achieve its vision, particularly related to student success,” Ridge said. “I know there will be lots to learn and I am grateful to be joining an accomplished team.”
Ridge, who succeeds Brian Silzer, AVP and Registrar since 2002, will assume his duties on June 8.