City of Victoria city manager Jason Johnson, who joined the municipality in early 2014, was relieved of his duties last week through a decision by city council. Victoria News files

City of Victoria, city manager part ways after council decision

Highly touted Johnson ‘completed mandate,’ mayor says, veteran staffer takes over as acting manager

The City of Victoria has relieved its top civil servant of his job.

Jason Johnson, who was brought in to help right the city’s ship in February 2014, including getting the Johnson Street bridge project on track, has left effective Sept. 22 to pursue other opportunities, the City announced Friday.

A news release outlining city council’s decision put a largely positive spin on the leadership change at city hall, with Mayor Lisa Helps stating that Johnson has “successfully completed his mandate,” which was to make important changes to the way the City was managed, structured and staffed.

READ: City of Victoria names new city manager

“Mr. Johnson played a critical role in modernizing the City’s financial planning process, creating greater transparency and accountability, transforming the City’s senior leadership team, strengthening the City’s relationship with the development community and overseeing major capital projects like the Johnson Street bridge replacement,” Helps stated.

Longtime City staffer Jocelyn Jenkins, who had been working as Johnson’s deputy, was named acting city manager effective immediately. No word was given on whether the City will undertake a search for a permanent replacement for Johnson.

As part of a standard severance package for senior managers, the City will pay a year’s salary and benefits for Johnson, which in July 2016 was listed as $223,459 plus $51,518 in taxable benefits, a total of $274,977.

“It has been a pleasure and an honour to serve the City of Victoria during my time here,” Johnson wrote. “I am grateful to all the many talented and dedicated people I got to work with and very proud of the work that we accomplished under my leadership. The City remains in good hands with Jocelyn.”

editor@vicnews.com

Just Posted

Site C dam goes ahead, cost up to $10.7 billion

Premier John Horgan approves completion of B.C.’s costliest project

T’Souke-ke Nation breaks ground on Tim Hortons

New doughnut shop and gas bar expected to open in August

Christmas decorations a labour of love for Colwood residents

Home has close to 100 inflatables on display until January

From the stark to the subtle, Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit inspires

Victoria’s Royal B.C. Museum hosts for a sixth time, in partnership with London museum

Wolverines win first game of year

EMCS boys squad earns victory in Courtenay tournament

Youth Against Cancer Club strikes again Island cancer lodge

Oak Bay High students craft decor to outfit the Canadian Cancer Society lodge in Victoria

HOMEFINDER: Victoria condo project offers investment opportunity

Below market prices at Vivid at The Yates appealed to young Victoria couple

Red Scorpion associates cuffed in drug-trafficking bust

Kamloops RCMP lay charges in connection to Red Scorpion drug trafficking ring

BC Ferries adds extra sailings for Christmas

More than 175 sailings are being added, including 130 between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island

Emergency response ‘well executed’ in B.C. carbon monoxide poisoning

Emergency Health Services talks about how first responders dealt with this ‘mass casualty event’

Pipe bomb explodes in NYC subway

Pipe bomb strapped to man explodes in NYC subway, injuring 4

Body found after fire destroys multiple homes in Cumberland

The BC Coroners Service confirmed they were called to a fatal fire… Continue reading

WestJet Christmas video turns children’s wishes into reality

This year’s annual video took a new spin on the 12 days of Christmas

Most Read