City streamlining internal committees

Budget management priority forces review of all select and standing committees of council

  • Apr. 10, 2014 6:00 a.m.

City of Vernon staff have been directed to complete a detailed review of all select and standing committees as part of the follow-up to the 2013 Core Services Review.

The review, completed by KPMG, was an initiative of Council in as part of their mandate to make sound budget management a priority while protecting essential services for City residents. Council has asked staff for clarification of roles, opportunities for consolidation to reduce duplication or overlap, and possible elimination of identified committees of Council. Restructuring the City’s committees will involve folding some committees or initiatives into others.  The restructuring process is expected to be completed by May 1, 2014.

“Our goal through the reorganization of Council’s committee structure is to provide cost effective means of public and organization input to important policy decisions and direction for our community,” said Mayor Rob Sawatzky. “However, Council and myself have tremendous appreciation and gratitude for the volunteer work of those who have sat on these committees. We will continue to be grateful for the dedication of those who gave their time to make Vernon the great city it is.”