The City’s top bylaw enforcement officer has been dismissed without explanation.
Jon Wilson, who has served as community safety and enforcement manager for the City for the past seven years, was let go on Friday, Sept. 23.
Mayor Peter Milobar, reached at the UBCM conference in Victoria, would not confirm or deny that Wilson had been dismissed.
“Council doesn’t get involved in day to day HR things,” Milobar said.
Another source confirmed that Wilson was no longer working for the City but wasn’t aware of the reason for his sudden departure.
Chief administrative officer David Trawin, who is also in Victoria with other City staff, did not return calls Tuesday or Wednesday. However, he told CJFC-TV Thursday that John Ramsay, bylaw services supervisor, has been appointed acting manager as the City conducts a review of its bylaw department. The review has been underway since last winter.
Trawin would not elaborate on the circumstances, citing confidentiality surrounding personnel matters.
The City's review of enforcement includes the possibility of providing bylaw officers with defensive weapons, a safety measure Wilson was pushing for after three assaults on his officers last year. They've been on the front line of the homelessness crisis, having to enforce rules around homeless and transient camps, which have become a chronic issue in many B.C. muncipalities. At a UBCM workshop Monday, Milobar shared ideas with other municipalities on how to address homelessness more effectively.