City licensing chief abruptly resigns

She was widely regarded as highly knowledgeable in her area and a hard worker.

Chantler said that, speaking personally, “I would say she was a great asset to the department and she was incredibly knowledgeable and I’ll definitely miss that.”

Three sub-managers are running the department for the time being – Chantler, Ann Kalinowski in charge of bylaw enforcement, and Sandra Taziker in charge of parking enforcement and provincial offences staff.

Chantler said licensing department staff was alarmed Monday morning by an online news story posted by CBC News stating that Windsor was sacking its entire licensing department.

The headline: Windsor Eliminates Licensing Department.

“It was a bit hurtful,” Chantler said, noting that the story had circulated among the staff “in about 37 seconds” making them even more uneasy in the wake of Friday’s announcement.

“I had to put out a fire there today obviously.”

While staff is in the dark about the reason for Bertolin’s resignation, Chantler said “we’re all aware there’s going to be some changes here in the city.”

He was referring to a major review of city services to determine how to improve how city departments function.

Meanwhile, Chantler said, it’s “business as usual.”