Have you ever tried to measure something without any form of measuring scale? It’s hard, and if you are the person who's being measured it’s even harder. That is the challenge that the Clarenville Town Council is facing as it contemplates hiring yet another Economic Development (ED) Officer. (Clarenville has now had three ED officers in as many years)
This issue was contemplated at this past Tuesday evening’s Council meeting. The question came up – What exactly have these Economic Development Officers done? Rightfully, this provocative question prompted considerable debate around the Council table – unfortunately that question was never really answered (the fact that the was no articulate answer to this question with three years of experience for the position indicates that there is almost certainly a management issue at play here). That said, I would argue that Council is looking for the answer to the wrong question. (You can listen to the April 23 meeting on the Packet's website www.thepacket.ca - follow the links)
For the sake of the Town and for the sake of the person in the position of Economic Development Officer, I would like to see a clearer and more specific set of measurable and attainable goals for the ED position agreed upon – by Council. This then needs to be clearly communicated and progress regularly measured. Without a clearer mandate we will inevitably get the same result with a different person – no matter how good he or she is.
Regardless of the name on the position, without a clearly articulated role for the position and more clearly articulated and measurable goals for the person filling it, the person in that position will be crippled. That won’t benefit anyone.