Thoughts and Opinions On Today's Important Issues

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


Fast and furious and a big promotion too:

The CUPE strike after-math perhaps although the rumours were that John wanted out a long time ago.

What a way to go though with the low point of your career just behind you.
  • From: mayoro Sent: Mon 9/14/2009 10:49 PM

    To: [Whole Bunch of people]

    To All Staff:

    This is to advise you that our Chief Administrative Officer, John Skorobohacz, has announced his resignation from the Corporation of the City of Windsor. I wish to recognize John for the outstanding work he has performed leading this organization through some difficult change during his 5 years with the City of Windsor, since his return to the City in 2004. John has always exemplified professionalism and dedication to his vocation and in his service to our community. He has led our organization forward during his tenure as CAO and has provided each of us with an opportunity to grow and excel as employees. Over the past several years he has been instrumental in guiding City Council through the Service Delivery Review and has positioned and prepared the Corporation to ably deal with the challenges ahead. We thank him for his service to our community.

    I also would like to announce that this evening, City Council has appointed Helga Reidel as the City's new Chief Administrative Officer. Helga, brings with her a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience through her work and commitment to the Corporation and community.

    We welcome Helga and look forward to her leadership, working collectively with administration and City Council to meet the goals and objectives of the City of Windsor. Though many of you already know Helga in her more recent role as General Manager of Corporate Services, please join me and City Council in welcoming her into her new position as CAO.


This note is pretty cold and short. Not "resigned" but "left the employment." Hmmmmm, wonder what that means.

  • From: mayoro Sent: Mon 9/14/2009 10:52 PM

    To: [Whole bunch of people]


    To All Staff,

    This is to advise you that Mr. Dev Tyagi has left the employment of the City of Windsor. We thank him for his service to the Corporation and our community. In the interim please note that Mario Sonego and Mike Palanaki will be assuming the acting position at the direction of Helga Reidel.


Finally, the CAO's note:

  • From: Skorobohacz, John Sent: Mon 9/14/2009 10:57PM
    To: [Lots of people too]

    Subject: Thank you!

    To: Mayor Francis, Members of City Council and All Employees of the City of Windsor:

    Almost five and a half years ago I returned to the City of Windsor to assume the task of serving as City Manager/Chief Administrative Officer. I cannot begin to tell you how much of an honour and privilege it has been to serve in this capacity. I have learned a great deal about this city, its people, and above all about myself. The experience has been rewarding, and the opportunity to witness first hand the efforts to set in motion the groundwork for a transformation of a community, is nothing short of historic. I will most definitely look back upon this time in my municipal career with many fond memories.

    I would like to thank the Mayor and both present and past Council Members for their support over the years. I sincerely wish them well as they lead this community toward a new prosperous future.

    To the members of the administration (from the front line employees to the senior leaders in the organization), I thank you for the energy, enthusiasm and dedication you bring to work each and every day. Thank you for your support and kindness, at times under some very challenging circumstances. It has been a pleasure to have worked with you and along side of you in our efforts to make a positive difference to the lives of our residents, visitors, taxpayers and each other.

    I wish you all the best and hope that you continue to find public service rewarding!

    Thank you!

    John Skorobohacz