Toronto lawyer John Mascarin lamented the mass exodus of staff at Governor Simcoe Square in his recent annual report on his inaugural year as Norfolk County’s integrity commissioner.
“It is no secret that the county has had a massive turnover in its senior administration in 2019, including three different chief administrative officers,” Mascarin said in his 10-page report.
“The magnitude of loss of institutional and administrative skill cannot be understated.”
Also exiting the municipal corporation in 2019 were senior managers in human resources, public works, planning, tourism and economic development, culture and heritage, and the treasury department.
“Good governance is not simply about maintaining tax rates,” the Mascarin report says. “It is not only about fiscal responsibility. It is not only about providing services.
“Good governance also entails adherence to and respect for established ethical codes and standards – something this council was willing to overlook during its first (year) of office.”