A staffer from the City's communications office takes out the Friday afternoon trash
News from the City of Vancouver Licensing and Inspections Department. The man the City of Vancouver only hired less than eight weeks ago in a role designed to replace Chief Electrician Arkady Tsisserev has resigned suddenly to take a job in Europe.
The following bulletin was circulated this afternoon at Vancouver City Hall.
From: McLellan, David
Sent: Friday, March 04, 2011 2:09 PM
Cc: Welman, Mairi; Stewart, Wendy; Corporate Management Team (COV) - DL
Subject: Mark Roozbahani
Today, I accepted with regret, yet pride and understanding, the resignation of Mark Roozbahani.
I say pride because Mark has accepted a position as Facility Manager, with the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands. The Court is responsible for some of the most important international work: to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.
Mark has made the difficult but completely understandable decision to join the Court and make a commitment to international justice. This was a position he applied for prior to participating in the City recruitment process for Assistant Director, Licensing Services.
When the International Criminal Court approached Mark in February with the offer, he sought, and we gave him, two weeks to consider the offer with his family. While we are disappointed to lose Mark, we completely support his decision to accept this higher calling and challenging career opportunity within the international community.
I would like to share with you a few things Mark said of his time at the City of Vancouver:
"It was a very difficult decision for us. I have found the City of Vancouver to be one of the most respectful workplaces I have had the privilege to work for. I have been very satisfied with your leadership and support and enjoyed working with staff and the public here."
Will Johnston and I will support Mark as he concludes his City responsibilities and transitions to his new assignment overseas.
We are very grateful for his time with us and extend our very best wishes to Mark and his family as they relocate to the Netherlands.
We reported back in November that the job once held by Ark Tsisserev – who was fired by Gregor Robertson and Penny Ballem just over a year ago – was given a new title, a demoted position but at the same pay as the Chief Electrician. The job was titled Assistant Director, Inspection Services.
Someone who was highly critical of the City's move to fire Tsisserev was Frank Kurz of Fire Protection Technicians Network. He wrote about Ark's replacement Mark Roozbahani on his own website, saying that the replacement was not qualified to handle Tsisserev's job.
The City of Vancouver is currently facing a lawsuit from a former senior manager, Carlene Robbins, manager of property use, who also worked formerly in the Licenses & Inspections department. Like Roozbahani, Robbins also reported to department head Will Johnson. According to her Notice of Claim to the Supreme Court, her problems stem from the way senior management dealt with her after the Pandora Street fire.
We're looking further into this breaking news story and will post information as it becomes available.
It's a classic example of "take out the trash Friday" when the City releases this message on a Friday afternoon.
- post by Mike