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Chief electrician docs released; payout $177,000 + letter saying reports of electrical problems wrong

March 26th, 2010 · 23 Comments

This is currently circulating at city hall, a place that is as porous as limestone these days.

My only observations at this point are that the payout is not a lot, considering that Mr. Tsisserev was making in the $120-130,000 range the past couple of years. I’m sure there will be lots of commentary on why Mr. Tsisserev wrote the letter he did. Certainly, most employees who leave a company don’t want to develop a reputation for trashing their former employer. But it’s hard to believe he would provide assurances he didn’t believe in, if the stories I’ve heard about his willingness to stand up for what’s right are true.

From: Ballem, Penny
To: Robertson, Gregor; Chow, George; Anton, Suzanne; Reimer, Andrea; Cadman, David; Chow, George; Deal, Heather; Jang, Kerry; Louie, Raymond; Meggs, Geoff; Stevenson, Tim; Woodsworth, Ellen
Cc: Merkley, Ryan; Coulson, Marg; Magee, Michael; Ballem, Penny; Stewart, Wendy; Hancock, Paul; Impey, Patrice; McLellan, David; Johnston, Will; Sirsiris, Dana; Quinlan, Kevin
Sent: Fri Mar 26 17:45:52 2010
Subject: Council Motion re Arkady Tsisserev

Dear Mayor and Council – I am attaching a memo, in camera Council report and minutes, and various other documentation in regard to the motion passed in Council on Tuesday March 23 2009 re  the termination of employment of Mr Tsisserev. I apologize for the delay in getting this information together but as you can see it is a large package which has been collected from different parts of the organization. Thank you for your patience and we will be posting this information on the city website first thing Monday morning.
Penny Ballem, MSc MD FRCP
City Manager


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