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Mutrie quits as manager of North Shore business association
Peter Mutrie, manager of the North Shore Business Improvement Association (NSBIA), resigned at an association board meeting on Thursday, Nov. 8.
"It's time," Mutrie told KTW. "It's just time. My work there is done. I've brought what I could to the program."
Mutrie, the longtime public face of the association, attended the 7 a.m. board meeting and promptly announced his decision.
"It was a shock," administrator Dorothy Felling said. "Just when the meeting was being called to order, he announced his resignation. It totally caught me off-guard."
Mutrie cited "shifting human dynamics" in his decision to step away from the position he has held for 12 years — though he declined comment when asked why he did not give the customary two weeks' notice.
"People see the world differently. I don't want to hurt the organization and they don't want to hurt me. It was a case of, 'Let's pick a time when we can both go on to new horizons."
The NSBIA's existence — and, by extension, that of its manager and any staff — is one that is reviewed every five years by members of the association.
It was last reviewed in September 2008, when 51 of 324 business properties opposed the NSBIA’s continuation. In order for the NSBIA mandate to be disbanded, 162 properties would have had to vote no.
The association receives its funding from a portion of North Shore business property taxes collected by the city.
The city, on behalf of the NSBIA, previously collected $125,000 a year from area businesses.
In 2009, that increased by 2.5 per cent a year for the next five years.
With its mandate up for renewal in less than a year, Mutrie said his timing should give the board time to position itself in preparing for the review.
When asked if he will receive a severance package, Mutrie replied: "They haven't come back to me yet. We'll see."
As for what's next in his career path, Mutrie said he is considering options.
"Change is not a bad thing," he said. "I'm pumped. I'm scared and excited at the same time."
Mutrie's departure was noted in a terse email from NSBIA chairwoman Lynda Douglas:
"The board of Directors would like to announce that Peter Mutrie resigned as manager of the NSBIA today (Nov. 8), effective immediately. We would like to thank him for his contribution to Kamloops North Shore and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours."
A call from KTW to Douglas has not yet been returned.
The NSBIA has not been immune to controversy in the past.
In June 2008, Meleva Peravich quit as association vice-president, citing a board meeting at which she said members spoke crudely about the poor, homeless and addicted on the North Shore.