Over 37 Years of Municipal Experience & Over 12 Years Owning a Consultancy
About Tim L. Dobbie Consulting
Marking 37 years working for municipalities and 12 years working as a consultant, Tim is continuing to provide consulting services aimed at assisting both public sector clients as well as private sector clients. Working on his own, Tim will provide each of his clients with excellent technical and strategic client advice ensuring very effective leadership on each and every project undertaken.
Tim will continue his practice of establishing and maintaining good relationships with CAOs and city managers across Ontario and will be very much involved as he has in the past, with the Ontario Municipal Administrators Association. Tim will continue to welcome inquiries from CAOs or City Managers on any issue. Tim will make himself available for phone discussions or short meetings to assist CAOs on any day to day issue.
When Tim started his consulting company in 2007, he did not expect to have private sector companies as clients in his consulting business. Tim found that even in the early days of his consulting business, that private sector companies approached him for assistance in helping the private sector company to improve relationships with the municipality in which they were doing business. Tim is committed to assisting private companies to going forward using the same approach that he has used previously on a very successful basis.
Tim will continue to use other consultants on a project by project basis when a particular project requires other consultants with different qualifications. Tim will however maintain the lead on these projects and will be the person responsible for the relationship with the client.
Tim will continue to be available to either former clients or potential new clients who may simply want to discuss their issue of finding a way forward that Tim might be able to provide. Tim will continue to welcome these opportunities to discuss unique problems and if at all possible find a way to help.
When Tim works with the private sector, the first thing that happens is Tim arranging a meeting with the CAO or city manager of the municipality. Tim asks the CAO or city manager if they would object to him working with this private sector client in regard to their relationship with the municipality. This is important because in doing private sector work, Tim only works with the senior staff in the municipality and not the members of Council. The process that Tim follows would be to work with the private sector client and usually one or 2 members of the senior staff team to determine if there is a way to bring the private sector clients closer to being comfortable with the processes and outcomes that the city see in their project. Tim’s theory on this is that a report to the municipality’s Council by the CAO and senior management team with respect to Tim’s client is a strong position for the client to be in.
For the private sector clients, Tim provides the Company with strategic advice on how to approach staff at municipalities in Ontario to position their services. Tim assists our private clients in helping them understand the requirements of the municipality and thereby assisting them in improving their approach to municipalities through senior staff in the municipality.
Tim has been successful in providing consulting assistance to municipalities in Ontario because of his 37 year career in working for municipalities in many different capacities. Tim believes that for an Ontario CAO or city manager to be successful, requires that they have a very effective and qualified senior management team supporting the CAO or city manager in almost everything they do.
In providing assistance to CAOs and city managers, the following have been guidelines for our municipal projects.
- The project should involve to the greatest extent possible, the staff who are part of the group that deliver the service being reviewed. This allows then for staff to understand the project and also to understand the recommendations that come from the project as well as the implementation recommendations. The purpose of this is to ensure the implementation will be completed.
- To the greatest extent possible, the project should not result in a recommendation to spend additional funds but rather identify ways that the recommendations of the project can be implemented either without or with a small amount of increased budget.
- The project should have an evaluation phase to ensure that whatever changes are made in the municipality and in fact achieve the goals originally intended.
The Council of the municipality, while not being a direct part of the decision-making in the project, should still be interviewed by the consultant and to the extent necessary, receive a report that will provide them with a good understanding of the project, why it was undertaken, what the results are, the cost and an idea of the success in implementation.