Veteran city administrator ready to retire

A steady presence at Vernon city hall is preparing for new opportunities.

Marg Bailey will bring her 33-year career with the city to an end April 21.

“It’s time,” said Bailey, who started as a secretary in 1978 and is presently deputy chief administrative officer.

Immediate plans include travelling, and then she will consider her long-term options.

“It will take some time to decide what I’m going to do,” she said.

Bailey has served under seven mayors, starting with Bob Neil. The number of co-workers has been almost too many to count.

“I’ve made a lot of friends here,” said Bailey.

“I still keep in touch with a lot of them from the early days.”

For Bailey, one of the most significant changes at city hall has been the increased scope of activities, which is a direct result of Vernon’s increased population and residents’ demands for more services.

“It’s definitely grown,” she said of city hall and the community.

Among the highlights of her career are the 1992 Winter Games, the 1992 centennial celebrations, the Queen’s visit in 1983 and the introduction of  automated voting machines for elections.

There is considerable praise for Bailey.

“She’s as good a person as has ever done anything in this community,” said Coun. Patrick Nicol.

“She’s nurtured people and she’s really a great lady.”

Coun. Jack Gilroy has worked with Bailey as both a city employee and in council chambers.

“She’s an amazing person. You can never replace her,” he said.

“Her professionalism is incredible. We have amazing staff here but it’s difficult to lose someone of her caliber.”

The city is currently looking at how to handle the vacancy.

“We will do a bit of a reshuffle and reassign some duties,” said Leon Gous, chief administrative officer.

“The knowledge Marg takes with her is irreplaceable and we will all miss her.”