Differing opinions over job vacancy’s impact at city hall

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Two City of St. John’s departments seem to have differing views on how a staff position left vacant for several months is impacting the management of its cycling master plan.

According to a memo deputy city manager for community services Jill Brewer sent councillors last week, little work on the plan has been completed over the last few months. Brewer said this is partially due to the traffic engineer position having been left vacant for several months.

The position has been left vacant since August 2013. It was advertised externally and internally, but nobody was hired.

In a statement released to The Telegram, a city spokeswoman said the Planning, Development and Engineering Department “feels that the vacancy has had little impact on progress” concerning the cycling master plan.

Meanwhile, the councillor who chairs the community services committee is also downplaying the impact of the vacancy.

For full coverage of this story, read Friday’s edition of The Telegram or visit www.thetelegram.com.

Organizations: Development and Engineering Department

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