At the same time, Mayor Bratina has been on the receiving end of terse criticism for not hiring up and rather, running his office with what some believe are too little staff and support. Clr. Clark, for example, was recently very critical of the mayor in that regard.
What would be interesting is a comparative analysis of how Hamilton's staffing levels in the Mayor's office compare to the staffing levels of other Mayor's offices in other municipalities, relative to population served. Such a comparison would give us a sense of how we are faring, understanding that there will always be a degree of variation between issues facing particular municipalities and the relative staff strength required to manage. Moreover, it would give us a comparator, not as a substitution for what people's experiences have been on the ground, but as a useful reference point by which to inform judgments.
The situation is worse than the proverbial "apples and oranges" syndrome, as there is no reference point to latch to.