Letter: Township accountability questioned

Dear Editor,

Voters have repeatedly been told by so-called “in house” experts, that we must give unelected bureaucrats high salaries to attract knowledgeable, responsible people, with the skills to run our various cities, townships, provinces, etc.

Where are they looking for these folks?

We have thousands of very bright, well-trained people who cannot find positions, and I suspect, would happily be willing to do these jobs at less than half what our current crop gets paid.

Langley Township human resources director Shannon Harvey-Renner and others like her have the audacity to compare running a small Township like Langley, with running a large international corporation.

They obviously have no concept of the responsibilities inherent in that job.

Had any CEO anywhere presented to his/her board of directors the planned growth of a company the way we were presented with the Willoughby and Brookswood developments, he/she would certainly have been looking for another job.

Why did we not see major changes in “staff” after this fiasco was defeated only after vociferous protests from the affected populace?

In $1.5 billion private companies, good “staff” often get share options that are shown as income, while Township “staff” get paid by direct tax dollars, and are not subject to removal if they fail to perform.

Even though we are called The Corporation of the Township of Langley, the shareholders in this corporation don’t see any returns on investment, just constant requests for more money.

Meanwhile developers are expected to pay for infrastructure through Development Cost Charges, which are later passed on to future buyers (tax payers).

B. Froebel,



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