CFN – Deputy Fire Chief Rob Hickley has filed suit against the City of Cornwall. He is not being represented in this case by lawyer Fay Brunning due to the huge legal costs involved and has been forced to represent himself at this point. With legal costs exceeding $2,000 per hour the city of Cornwall is burning through tax payer dollars while Mr. Hickley must risk his family’s security to gain justice pointing to the huge weakness in the Province of Ontario’s system.
I’d rather enter a burning building than do what I’ve had to do…
Even if found guilty city managers and the mayor in the case are not forced to reimburse city coffers while Whistle blowers have to fight to get their court fees covered.
Here is Mr. Hickley’s statement:
From Deputy Fire Chief J. Robert Hickley
April 10, 2013
With great regret, I have filed an application in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice against my employer, the City of Cornwall and Mayor Bob Kilger.
I am seeking a determination for the electors of Cornwall, as to whether or not Mayor Kilger is in a conflict of interest under the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act. I am the whistleblower who filed a complaint on May 31, 2012. I have served this community to the best of my ability for the past 26 years as a public servant. In that whistleblower complaint, I brought forward my evidence to City Council about code of conduct violations that required investigation, all in the context of City Council investigating the role and conduct of Mr. Paul Fitzpatrick, CAO, arising out of the conviction for illegal retaliation.
I am also seeking other relief against remaining members of City Council, seeking protection against retaliation for myself, and for other City employees who have relevant information to provide. To get to the truth of the whistleblower complaint I filed almost a year ago, protection is needed.
The Notice of Application is public and available at the Court. My evidence is currently under seal with the Court. The Court is being asked to determine what, if any, of my evidence can be made public. The Court has been given a copy of the whistleblower complaint and evidence, to allow a judge to make a determination as to whether or not there is a conflict of interest of Mayor Kilger under MCIA.
Although I have funded my own legal expenses entirely to date, I am seeking an interim Order from the Court that funding for legal representation be ordered against the City of Cornwall. I hope to bring a fair and proper adjudication of these matters by having a qualified external investigator, or the Court, conduct a proper investigation and make the necessary findings of credibility.
What do you think? Should Whistle blowers fees be covered by the city if proven accurate? You can post your comments below.
UPDATE 4:31 PM
Mayor Kilger answered his cell phone saying he had no time to respond.