Councillor Suzanne Anton on CKNW has revealed that Dr. Penny Ballem is now the new City Manager. More news to follow at CityCaucus.com.
You will recall that Ballem left the provincial government a while back. Check out this link on CBC online for more info on that issue.
What we don't know from this breaking news is whether Rogers will remain on the Board of Directors for both 2010 Legacies Now or VANOC. These are two very influential positions in the province that provided her the opportunity to wield considerable power.
The phone lines are burning up, and sources from within City Hall are telling CityCaucus.com that Rogers had a private meeting with Mayor Robertson and a "delegation" last Friday. By all accounts, Robertson told Rogers of her fate then.
As a side note, Ballem's partner Marion Lay, Olympic medallist and former CEO of 2010 Legacies Now, used to be the City's representative on VANOC, before Sullivan replaced her with A&W executive John Mooney.
This is going to have very large repercussions within the upper management in City Hall.
The next big shoe to drop will be how BIG the severance package was. Given Rogers was making about $300K, expect that it will be significant. CKNW is reporting that Robertson is refusing to disclose how much the "mutual agreement" between Rogers and the Mayor will cost taxpayers. Wasn't this supposed to be a new, open and transparent City Hall?