Friday there’s a hearing at 10 AM (open to the public) where a judge will be asked to have the city pay the legal bills of Mr. Hickley. They mayor and city have offered no evidence in defense. Court documents only show $1,000 per hour super lawyer Will McDowell asking the court to dismiss on technicalities which may or may not be applicable.
If this is in relation to the Cotton Loft fire it surely should be investigated further; especially if judged accurate.
Allegations that the Mayor’s son was chosen for the $80K position at the fire department over those that had taken years of college surely have the optics of something conflicted?
Could you imagine how Mr. Hickley must have felt getting a call from the Mayor’s son and then later from…
Who would Mr. Hickley or any employee in Cornwall go to when it was the person in charge of Whistleblowing and the Mayor who are alleged to have crossed so many lines?
Surely council and management have failed not only the city; but those that they serve.
At the end of the day the city is not denying anything in the volumes of paper issued against it in the Hickley case. Not a single word of evidence in defense.
At the end of the day we have a city manager covering up a case of elder abuse at a city owned senior care facility because of their alleged relationship with a CAO. We have his good friend, as mayor, not only protecting his “good friend” but also abusing his powers to get his son a high city paid job and then the group retaliating against those that spoke up.
And now with countless victims littering their path they are using $1,000 per hour legal assistance to not prove their innocence, but simply to thwart attempts for the allegations to become public.
Is this the government you voted for Cornwall? Mr. Hickley is asking the city to pay his legal bills in this case. It is not a full trial or inquiry yet and even if the city finds a friendly judge who will toss this request if funds are collected to cover the legal bills.
It also might be time for the Province to step in and help the good people of Cornwall find the truth about what’s at the root of Mayor Bob Kilger’s council.
Mayor Kilger ran a release with a bold headline suggesting he was innocent because his lawyer said so. It was run by the Standard Freeholder comically enough.
Using the Mayor’s good logic Mr. Hickley’s assertion into the public record surely indicts him and his council.
Hopefully one day in the not too distant future a proper judge will adjudicate and the truth can be told of this dark sinister chapter of Cornwall Ontario’s history.
A footnote; the city is still refusing to divulge or even admit that Mr. Fitzpatrick was given a settlement negotiated allegedly by the Mayor himself.
The hearing is Friday May 24th at 10 AM at the court house in Cornwall Ontario.