Maple Ridge eco development manager seeks Abbotsford seat

Mayor Ernie Daykin doesn’t seek any conflict between day job and council work

Maple Ridge economic development officer Sandy Blue will be seeking a seat on Abbotsford city council.

Maple Ridge’s top economic development officer Sandy Blue shouldn’t run for council in another city, and should pick one position or the other, says Coun. Corisa Bell.

“I don’t how she can possibly have the time,” to do both, Bell said Monday.

She was commenting after learning last week that Blue is running for council where she resides, in the City of Abbotsford.

“To support her taking time away from her position currently, I don’t see how that would be a benefit to Maple Ridge.”

Bell said council knew nothing about Blue’s decision.

“It was not discussed with us, whatsoever,” Bell added.

“I just really feel the public needs to know. They’re the ones who are paying the bills. They’re paying her salary and benefits. I just want to Maple Ridge is getting what they’re paying for.”

Bell hopes Blue resigns from her Maple Ridge position, if elected in Abbotsford.

Blue, however, intends to do both and doesn’t see a conflict between her job as economic strategist for Maple Ridge and city councillor for Abbotsford.

She pointed out that often one region or city can offer economic development attractions that are not duplicated in another area or city, so there’s less chance of direct competition.

Blue is part of the AbbotsfordFirst slate, which has three values: leadership, accountability and respect.

It wants Abbotsford to be “a desired location for businesses and families alike.”

Blue says economic development initiatives followed by Maple Ridge aren’t even being considered in Abbotsford, which has an airport, border crossing, and university.

“Given what I do and the experience I have gained from this job, and I look at it from the place I live, and there are so many things that are not even on the agenda. I think that’s too bad.”

She would keep her Maple Ridge job “for another couple of years.”

As Maple Ridge’s manager of strategic economic initiatives, Blue made $107,676 in 2013. If she’s elected as one of eight councillors in Abbotsford, she’ll make about $37,500 a year.

A Maple Ridge councillor makes $42,500, even though Abbotsford has a larger population – 139,000 compared to Maple Ridge’s population of 77,000.

Maple Ridge Mayor Ernie Daykin doesn’t see a conflict if Blue is elected.

“People may perceive it to be one. She’s done a great job promoting the North Fraser, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows and Mission. All three of us have benefited from her efforts,” he added.

“I don’t doubt Sandy’s ability to do the work. We get many hours of effort far beyond what she’s compensated for.”

Daykin said people have right to a life outside their normal job, to represent their citizens.

“If successful, there may be other decisions that have to be made. That comes into play … the day after the election.”

Daykin won’t ask her to resign, and said anyone looking for economic advice in Abbotsford likely wouldn’t even talk to city councillors.

The mayor only learned of Blue’s decision after receiving a press release issued last week.

He doesn’t think Blue had a duty to tell council.


Just Posted

When should the Ottawa Senators leave UBC for Abbotsford Centre?

Sens have exhibition game in Abbotsford tonight, but will risk Highway 1 traffic this afternoon

Abbotsford police chief speaking to Liberal candidate after second ad appears featuring photo of officer

Jati Sidhu had said an ad with the same photo posted last Friday was ‘not appropriate’

Stolen iPhone leads Abbotsford Police to 260 marijuana plants

Search warrant at west Abbotsford home leads to seizure of plants

Who is running for MP in Abbotsford?

Major parties have lined up candidates to run for Parliament

Michael Nenn acclaimed as NDP candidate

Will seek a seat in the Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon riding

VIDEO: ‘Thrones,’ ‘Fleabag’ top Emmys

Billy Porter makes history as first openly gay black man to win best drama-series acting Emmy

Super 30 story inspiring thousands in India

Mathematics teacher Anand Kumar, Dr. Biju Mathew, spoke in Maple Ridge

‘This is savage’: Strip club owner suspects arson in Williams Lake fire

Investigators on scene to determine cause of fire that destroyed at least two businesses

B.C. VIEWS: School officials join fact-free ‘climate strike’

Students, public get distorted picture of greenhouse gases

Judge rules cops did not coerce statement from B.C. man accused of assaulting sex worker

Defence wanted Vernon’s Curtis Sagmoen’s video interview with police deemed inadmissible

GRAPHIC: Tortured cat found with string around its neck in Kelowna alleyway

City crews have been contacted and are on the way to pick up the dead feline.

Firefighters may be needed for paramedic apartment access, experts say

Better coordination recommended in urban B.C. 9-1-1 calls

Three B.C. moms to launch CBD-infused water

Three friends say benefits may include anxiety relief, pain management

B.C. students empowered to ‘shift the vote’ this election

B.C. Federation of Students launches ‘Our Time is Now’ campaign

Most Read