By Gagandeep Ghuman
Published: July 07, 2012
Cameron Chalmers will receive ten months of salary as part of his severance package, documents obtained by the Squamish Reporter reveal.
The district will pay $100,500 to the former general manager of community services, in lieu of notice of ten months’ salary less statutory deductions.
Cameron Chalmers will also be paid $9, 254 in lieu of all terminated benefits premiums.
The information was obtained by a freedom of information request by the Reporter, but circumstances surrounding Chalmer’s departure (or ouster?) from the district are as clear as mud.
The district response has been opaque. There is the convenient sliding behind personnel-issues-can’t-be-discussed ruse.
Like Trappist monks, councillors, too, have chosen to remain silent on how a senior government official went from being an insider to an outsider in the matter of one afternoon.
Chalmers was certainly the blue-eyed boy of the past administration, and he had a say in some of the most ambitious, long-ranging projects underway at the district.
His urban vision was clearly evident in the Oceanfront sub-area plan.
The Reporter tried to obtain information about his exit through a detailed FOI, asking details about Chalmer’s severance package, his employment contract, email exchanges between staff, between councillors and staff, and between councillors over his departure.
Also included in the FOI was a request for all emails pertaining to the core service reviews.
The request didn’t turn up a trove of information.
In fact, the district claims there is not a single email that was written about his departure between councillors, or between staff and councillors.
There were no emails located regarding the core service and Chalmer’s departure either.
The one email that the district released pertained to a letter that Kevin Ramsay sent to all staff regarding the Squamish Service Initiative.
He mentions Cameron Chalmers in the end, asking others to join him in thanking Cameron for his “great service”.
Beyond the officialise, there is little to suggest what transpired in May that led to Cameron Chalmers exiting from the district.
It’s no secret that some developers had a tough time dealing with the planning department when Chalmers was at its helm.
Now, those developers might find him a bit more receptive to their ideas.
The former district official has launched Cameron Chalmers Consulting Inc, fashioning himself as a planning, development, and land use consultant.
At least one disgruntled developer, the inimitable Doug Day, has already hired his services.
Perhaps the Paradise Trails people should call him now, for expert advice–and some cosmic justice.