Want to be in charge of Yellowknife’s municipal enforcement?
One of the most talked-about NWT jobs of 2018 could be yours.
On Wednesday, the City of Yellowknife began recruiting for a new manager of municipal enforcement.
Former manager Doug Gillard, whose conduct was central to a workplace harassment inquiry at City Hall during the first half of 2018, recently took up a post leading a newly created emergency management division.
In a job posting, the City says its new municipal enforcement boss will enjoy a “dynamic and rewarding work environment” providing “many opportunities to not only develop your career but also to improve the lives of residents and visitors.”
“At the City, the diverse backgrounds of our employees help us to create a positive, safe and fun environment for us all,” the advertisement continues.
Applications for the job close on February 1. The salary is not defined, but the job comes with a “comprehensive benefits package including a monthly housing allowance, a defined benefit pension plan, and relocation assistance.”
The job is one of the most visible and scrutinized at City Hall, even without the added focus of last year’s inquiry, which examined the City’s response to bullying and harassment allegations against Gillard dating to 2014.
A Vancouver law firm conducting the inquiry largely exonerated the City over its handling of the complaints. Gillard remained in post throughout the inquiry – which did not directly assess the substance of the complaints against him – and moved to a new position two months after its findings were reported.
The municipal enforcement manager leads a team of 11 people responsible for enforcing all of the City’s bylaws. Municipal enforcement officers can be found doing everything from checking parking meters, to assisting RCMP and firefighters, to helping keep the peace at City facilities like the library and swimming pool.
“The manager is responsible to ensure an appropriate safety program is in place for the division’s staff,” the job description adds.
To be eligible, the City says you need to have completed a training program in police studies or something similar; have a minimum of five years’ practical experience; at least three to five years’ management experience; and good communication skills with members of the public and media.