CFN – Boy our CAO likes to spend tax dollars! After gaining council’s approval though to hire a head hunter to replace former HR Manager Robert Menagh who was let go “without cause” our CAO has chosen to simply make our interim part time replacement full time.
Mr. Dail Levesque, himself stepping out of retirement to fill in the last few years in different gigs most likely is not a long term solution which means that the city soon may have to spend more than $20K again looking for a replacement.
All this begs an answer to the statement made by Mayor Bob Kilger about seeking a new HR direction after tossing Mr. Menagh under the bus over the Paul Fitzpatrick scandal (s).
Here is the city’s release:
Dail Levesque has been selected as the City of Cornwall’s new Manager of Human Resources, effective August 13th, 2012.
“I am pleased to welcome Mr. Levesque to this important position,” said CAO Paul Fitzpatrick. “Mr. Levesque has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the human resources field and he is well-suited for this position.”
Mr. Levesque has over 30 years of municipal government experience, including previous roles as Labour Relations Officer for the City of Cornwall, Manager of Labour/Employee Relations for the former City of Gloucester and Director of Administrative Services for the City of Owen Sound. He has also previously served as an Advisor to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) on Fire, Police and Paramedic issues.
Among other things, Mr. Levesque has direct experience in the areas of labour relations and contract negotiations, compensation and benefits and succession planning.
Mr. Levesque has been working in the City of Cornwall’s Human Resources Department in a part-time capacity since January of this year.
“I am glad to be back with the City of Cornwall and I look forward to continuing to serve the citizens of this great City,” said Mr. Levesque.
We here at CFN wish Mr. Levesque good luck on his new position; but more to the point question why Mr. Menagh truly was ever fired without cause in these cash strapped days….
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