Another city engineer gone in Parksville

City of Parksville to review department after parting ways with Robert Harary

Robert Hararyis no longer the city’s director of engineering.

The City of Parksville has lost another director of engineering, parting ways with Robert Harary as of June 7, and now council is reviewing the entire engineering and operations department.

In a media release today, the city stated: “Effective June 7, 2012, Mr. Robert Harary is no longer employed by the City of Parksville.”

Director of administrative services Debbie Comis said she could not say if the city terminated Harary, who was hired by the city in March of 2011, or if Harary resigned.

“The decision was made in a closed meeting,” she told The News Monday, adding she could not comment on that session.

Comis confirmed the city and councillors will now review the department and make changes, if necessary.

She added the review has no specifics to comment on right now, but the entire department would be included in the review.

Robert “Bob” Harary was hired out of California last year. Originally from New Jersey, Harary attended Arizona State University and spent the previous 27 years working in California, Nevada and Arizona, mostly for municipalities in some form or another.

Harary was hired by the city after the municipality was unable to retain at least their two previous directors of engineering, who left for other jobs.

The vacancies were cited often at the time, as a reason why the city was behind in its handling of development permits and other growth issues.

Comis said the remaining engineering department staff have been through this type of transition before and are extremely qualified to handle the workload during the review.


Just Posted

Order in the chambers: Qualicum Beach votes for council code of conduct

Coun. Robert Filmer’s motion passes unanimously at town meeting

Rainbow crosswalk in Qualicum Beach covered in mysterious black substance

‘It was disappointing to see this act of disrespect take place inside our community’

Oceanside RCMP hunt for man after pair of indecent exposure incidents

Elderly woman grabbed by man who had been masturbating in the woods

Nanoose Bay’s Northwest Bay Road again open to the public

Single-lane alternating traffic expected to stretch into September

New police force in Surrey must avoid VPD, RCMP errors made in Pickton case: Oppal

Boots are scheduled to be on the ground by spring 2021

Striking Western Forest Products workers could lose benefits in September

Union, forest company at odds over Vancouver Island benefit payments as strike enters third month

Conan turns to the Property Brothers for tips on buying Greenland

Jonathan Scott suggests removing glaciers and mountains to bring in ‘more natural light’

Forests minister visits B.C. town hit by multiple mill shutdowns

A third of Mackenzie turns out for rally, not much to cheer about

B.C. sockeye returns drop as official calls 2019 ‘extremely challenging’

Federal government says officials are seeing the same thing off Alaska and Washington state

B.C. music teacher accused of sexual misconduct involving girls

Police believe other victims could be out there after the arrest of Lamar Victor Alviar

B.C. family stranded in Croatia desperate to come home

Funds being raised to bring back mom and two children

Most Read