Young, good-natured, ultra-competent and beloved by co-workers, Jody Andrews is a human resources godsend who quite literally embodied the future of the City's greying civil service. Considered a miracle-worker who refused to believe the doubters who didn't think Vancouver could build the Southeast False Creek project in time for the City's celebratory 2010 Olympic Games, Jody remained confident to the end. But he had enough.
Inside sources close to Andrews, who is not speaking publicly at this time, say that Jody has been very candid with friends why he left City Hall. It was, according to these sources, because of "being treated like crap" by the City's new administration run by Vision Vancouver, Mayor Gregor Robertson, and his hand-picked City Manager Penny Ballem.
CityCaucus.com broke the story last night at 7:15pm of Mr. Andrews resignation from the Deputy City Manager's position. Now tongues are wagging about who might fill Jody's rather large shoes. According to CityCaucus.com's HR Supervisor, the new Deputy City Manager must be a good communicator, have strong ties to the City Manager, and must work year-round, even during the Christmas holidays, to be anywhere near the match of the hard-working Andrews. Let's hope they can find someone who fits the bill.
The last word on the untimely loss of Jody Andrews as one of the City's leaders can be summed up by a CityCaucus.com commenter:
This is a tremendous loss to the City. Jody Andrews is the best manager the City has ever had in recent history and had the unique gift of bringing out the best in his staff...
I voted for you Gregor, and I cannot put into words how angry and disappointed I am in your performance thus far. You have done this City and its taxpayers a tremendous disservice by putting your own political ambitions ahead of your community.