CFN – No doubt you’ll be reading in some Cornwall media that the city has been cleared after an investigation on the Whistle Blowing in Cornwall Ontario.
It’s a sad and expensive cover up. Here is the city’s release via CAO Norm Levac who now is of course guilty of participating in the cover up himself by allowing his good name to be the messenger of a contorted creation of fiction.
Chief Administrative Officer Norm Levac issued the following statement today:
The City of Cornwall has completed a thorough review of a complaint filed under the City’s
whistleblower policy. The complaint was found to be unsubstantiated by a qualified, experienced and
independent outside investigator.
It is a fundamental principle of the process that the individuals involved and the nature of the complaint are kept confidential. As a result, the City cannot release the details of the persons involved or the complaint.
Mayor Kilger and his cronies have a slippery grasp of the definition of confidential choose to release nuggets here and there and hide behind the term when it suits them.
Greg Kielec of The Journal just uncovered how much alone was settled on former Glen Stor Dun Lodge Manager Donna Derouchie only after having to file a Freedom of Information request.
Donna Derouchie received 15 months of salary under a deal reached with the city in July 2011. Based on her 2011 salary and benefits of $119,969, Derouchie would have received $149,961 by the time she reached her cut-off date of Oct. 7, 2012. Transitional training and legal costs totally no more than $10,000 each would put the maximum payout to Derouchie at $169,961.
The information is contained in a severed version of the minutes of settlement between Derouchie and the city, signed by Mayor Bob Kilger and then clerk Denise Labelle-Gelinas on July 5, 2011. The release of the information is the culmination of a 15-month battle The Journal has waged with the city to determine the amount of taxpayer dollars spent on the settlement with Derouchie.
Anyone that has followed this $2M and counting fiasco can tell you that there has been more than one Whistle Blowing case. We can’t tell you for sure because of the secrecy by the Mayor, CAO, and Clerk. We know of at least two.
The city has also refused to state how much money they have spent on this “investigation.”
They have refused to say how long it lasted.
They have refused to confirm that it was Judith Allen who was the investigator.
They have refused to confirm Stephen Alexander’s role in the investigation.
They have refused to say who was interviewed/
They have refused to say who the whistle blowers are.
They have refused to confirm who and how many lawyers they used through this process.
They have refused to say how much money these lawyers have cost.
They have refused to say if the Mayor paid for his own legal advice.
They have refused to clearly show the public what’s going on.
Why? Have the Whistle Blowers asked for protection of their identity? The city has refused to answer that question as well.
Yet you will read, most likely in the Seaway News incredible spin akin to the Mayor declaring his own innocence after his lawyer “cleared” him. Of course most viewers know that it’s judges that …judge can clear people.
And the big question is why hasn’t this matter hit the courts yet? Or will they ever? Why do Whistle Blowers have to bear the full financial burden in these situations while swinish politicians bleed the public dry without even having to disclose to tax payers how much they have spent?
There are so many more questions; but when you see a city go to the lengths that Cornwall has to cover up one case of Elder Abuse, one relationship between a former CAO and a city Manager, and the nature of the hiring of the Mayor’s son on the fire department the question is why is the public not reacting as much publicly as they do privately?
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Here is the mayor reading his statement from Monday’s council meeting. Again, like the many questions asked above when you see a mayor and councilor go to the ridiculously expensive lengths they’ve gone surely there is something to be disclosed and uncovered?