CFN – Mayor Rob Ford of Toronto being grilled and exposed this week has created a lot of buzz here in Cornwall Ontario where many are calling for the some kind of inquiry into the machinations of City Hall under Mayor Kilger, his council, and some senior management.
Essentially many feel that the balance of power has been eliminated. IE; that the CAO position and some senior management have given a free pass to the Kilger government in exchange for support in suppressing the antics of about to be former CAO Paul Fitzpatrick.
The only guard for the public of a council gone amok in the gong factory is a strong CAO with integrity as well as other senior management. Same goes for the Mayor and Council who are supposed to set policy and keep management honest. When things go poopy and they support each other’s potential shenanigans look out! There goes the budget!
In spite of being spanked over governance issues this year; over a million dollars being wasted to cover up the CAO’s “relationship” with another former City Manager, more cases are starting to seethe through to the public. The latest one involving the Fire Department.
An investigation under Judith Allen is a closed door affair with no compulsion for those called to testify to do so. For example bubbles from sources indicate former Glen Stor Dun Lodge Manager Donna Derouchie has refused to testify. The results of the investigation are something that we may never find out about in the public. Could this week’s decision for instance of the Personal Committee to ask retiring Clerk Denise Labelle Gelinas to delay her retirement be connected to that or other issues?
Madame clerk either has been grossly incompetent after over 30 years of service or support corruption. Either direction has triggered her retirement.
Councilors I spoke with this weekend were disturbed that an arbitrary decision was taken by the Personal committee ( Mayor Kilger, Councilors Thibault (the proven liar) Carr, Grant, and MacDonald. They felt that this decision should have been taken to open council to be discussed and I’m sure Manon Poirier has to be wondering what she’s done wrong to delay her natural progression after years of waiting?
Another looming question is why the same personnel committee would give Mr. Fitzpatrick his last raise with so many cases costing the city so much money? Generally raises are given as awards for a job well done?
The problem that many are suggesting is that the replacement of key positions are in the hands of those that created the circumstances that necessitated or condoned circumstances requiring replacing both the clerk and CAO.
In other words, for those concerned about the corruption at City Hall there’s no mechanism to prevent further bleeding of tax dollars if City Management won’t step up and end things.
The light is starting to shine at sitting CAO Stephen Alexander who has the ability to deal with some of these issues, but seems to be letting things stay Status Quo as in this bizarre case of extending Madame Clerk?
Council is Monday night at 7 PM. If you care about your city Cornwall it’s time to start to show up and listen, learn, and talk to the people spending your money.
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