Not fired , “retired” Horsman claims


Shortly after published the story of two senior level staff being let go last Friday, we heard from the CAO Al Horsman. Mr. Horsman informed us that the source of information had it wrong and that the two senior level employees in question had simply submitted their retirement notices. apologizes for any misunderstanding in this matter, however, more questions arise from these “surprise retirements”. We have received no official announcement in regards to their retirement; two senior staff who have worked for the City for decades.

A member of the Mayor’s office has confirmed that neither of the two gentleman were escorted from the building last week.

Mr. Horsman was kind enough to forward us the following internal memo circulated last week to City staff:

I am sending this e-mail to inform all City Staff that Jerry Dolcetti, Commissioner Engineering and Planning Department has retired.  Jerry started with the City in 1972 as a Planner where he stayed in that role until December 1989.  Jerry was re-hired by the City as a Planner in April 2000. Soon after in 2004, Jerry was promoted to Commissioner of Engineering and Planning where he has since held this Senior Management Position.  In his career Jerry has played an integral part in the land use planning and economic development for the City of Sault Ste. Marie. 

In my short time here I enjoyed working with Jerry who I found to be a consummate professional possessing great passion and commitment to the Sault Ste. Marie community. It certainly has been a privilege to work with Jerry and on behalf myself and City Staff I would like to wish him much health, happiness and enjoyment in the next chapter of his life. His experience and contributions to the Corporation are certainly appreciated and will be long remembered.   

On his part, Jerry shares the following to City Staff:

“I have enjoyed my employment with the city and appreciated working with very talented staff, various Mayors, Councillors, CAO’s over a span of 34 years. I have had the benefit of working for the city during prosperous and challenging times faced by the community and only hope I have played a small part in making this Great City one of the best in Canada to work, play and raise a family.”

Again, please join me in wishing Jerry all the best in his new journey.


  1. Who else is fired or retired? Why wasn’t his name published? Why is he not getting best wishes? Something doesn’t smell right at city hall.

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