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Vancouver’s HR manager latest to quit

July 29th, 2009 · 30 Comments

Well, all I can say is Yikes. One more city manager bails, Kevin Ramsay, the recently hired head of HR. He’d replaced Mike Zora, who had become the object of union unhappiness, and from what I had heard, was doing a good job and managing to calm things down a little. But not any more.

Here’s the memo from city hall.

From: Ballem, Penny
To: Corporate Management Team (COV) – DL; Au, Wendy; Coulson, Marg; MacKenzie, Janice; Kay, Monica; Hui, Tony; Aujla, Bill; Anton, Suzanne; Cadman, David; Chow, George; Deal, Heather; Jang, Kerry; Louie, Raymond; Meggs, Geoff; Reimer, Andrea; Robertson, Gregor; Stevenson, Tim; Woodsworth, Ellen
Cc: Magee, Michael; Dobrinskaya, Maria; Quinlan, Kevin; CMT Admin Assts – DL; Lee, Daisy; Weidema, Michelle
Sent: Wed Jul 29 14:37:11 2009
Subject: Kevin Ramsay Resignation

Dear all,

With mixed emotions I am pleased to announce that Kevin Ramsay, the General Manager of Human Resource Services, has accepted a position as the Chief Administrative Officer for the District of Squamish.

As Kevin and I discussed through the selection process, this is a tremendous opportunity for him to move up the ladder of local government.  Kevin has worked with the City of Vancouver for the past 15 years and provided exceptional leadership in his role as HR General Manager.

Kevin’s last day with the City is September 11th. I hope you will all join me in wishing him the best of success in his new career. Kevin and I will sort out the interim plan for HR over the coming weeks.

Penny Ballem
City Manager
City of Vancouver

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