Town councillor taking over reins of exhibition in interim

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BIBLE HILL - A Truro town councillor is stepping into the general manager position in the interim for the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition.

Raymond Tynes is the new interim general manager of the NSPE.

Bruce Kennedy, chairman of the board of directors for the exhibition, said Raymond Tynes will be acting general manager until a more permanent hiring process takes place.

"We will appoint people to positions where necessary," said Kennedy on Tuesday, following a Monday night NSPE meeting.

"We will have an interim general manager to control the employees still there, such as those in maintenance and looking after the office."

On Friday, three employees of the exhibition - the general manager, accountant and office secretary - were laid off. Following the layoffs, two board members passed in their resignations, including outgoing chairman John Douglas.

Kennedy said the accountant's duties are reduced throughout the winter months, with any work needing to be done, such as payment for maintenance workers, can be completed through the board.

The board chairman also said some of the business of the exhibition has been discussed "in-camera, and we can't give full disclosure yet."

"We are taking some time to re-evaluate all the positions and come back in the very near future, hopefully as a more efficient exhibition," he added. "Hopefully we can come back within two weeks with full disclosure."

Along with filling the general manager's position in the interim, Kennedy said the office secretary position will continue.

"I believe she's not going anywhere," he said of the woman who held the position prior to Friday's layoffs.

rtetanish@trurodaily.com

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  • I.M. Confused
    January 13, 2014 - 07:58

    I agree with the two comments below. Something is not adding up here...why lay off someone who reduced a large percentage of the NSPE's debt in only one year!? Someone who has brought in additional revenue to the grounds that they didn't have before. Where's the logic?

  • Charles MacKenzie
    January 08, 2014 - 16:03

    There's a lot of tax payers money going into this facility. I think it's time we heard some facts about what is taking place. I found Roger was a man of his word when I dealt with him. What's happening?

  • Peter Taylor
    January 07, 2014 - 20:48

    Ok so how is it that Raymond Tynes was quoted “It’s a seasonal operation … layoffs are normal,” during a Truro town council meeting on Monday and then he becomes the acting general manager on Tuesday! But according to Bruce Kennedy only until a more permanent hiring process takes place. Funny I thought you just laid off a General Manager that seemed to have done a good job running things the last year.