Maureen Adams & Mgt Take HUGE Raises While Freezing Employees in Cornwall 101317

Council Approves HUGE Wage Hikes for CAO and other management while playing Grinch with Union employees.

Cornwall Ontario – With the public screaming about high taxes, outside lawyers vulturing businesses getting MPAC valuations down to the point of impacting city budgets, and talk of a 6% tax hike to help fill empty infrastructure reserves,  Council approved huge wage increases for senior management including CAO Maureen Adams.

Most of Cornwall’s Senior Management don’t even live in Cornwall which adds to taxpayer frustration; yet they make decisions that lead to sky high tax rates, strange boycotts of local business, and a failed Economic Development team.

Adding insult to injury there have been allegations of strange hiring and promotion practices under Ms Adams.

One email that was sent to CFN alleged:

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So the city advertised for one deputy clerk, everyone knew they would hand pick debbie caskenet anyway yet have a look at the agenda for the next council meeting. It would appear that once again the CAO is making it very easy for her pretty boy as he is also being appointed deputy clerk??
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So, why in the hell would another city employee not have had a chance at this second position? no posting for any employee to have a chance to even apply what so ever. Yet Geoff Clark is being appointed through a back door???
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This is real BS and not fair at all city employees. We like how it’s sort of kept quiet and simply added into the meeting thinking no one would notice and council would just approve the bylaw.
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Maybe they fear once caskenets husband is locked up for fraud they will have to move her out so doing this they are prepared?? help us Jamie with this please.
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HR Manager Clarke’s latest bump up was rubber stamped at this week’s council meeting with no discussion or dissent.
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Ms Adams, who’s a neighbor of former Clerk Denise Labelle Gelinas in Long Sault,  refused to answer basic questions yesterday via email.  HR Manager Geoff Clarke didn’t answer any emails to this newspaper.    Fire Chief Pierre Voisine was busy spending thousand of tax dollars making music videos while still refusing to issue releases of fire incidents in the city so the media could report to taxpayers so they could get an idea if they’re getting value for our ever increasing fire services budget.
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From Sunshinelist.ca we pulled up some quick numbers.   The Sunshine List is published each year including earnings from public servants in Ontario that pull down over $100K.
From 2016 to 2017 Raises
CAO Maureen Adams a WHOPPING 12%!  ($175,902.94)
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Not sure what or if he does anything, Mark Boileau 13% after a 6% raise in 2016! ($152,333.09)
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HR & now Deputy Clerk Geoff Clarke 6.25% ($142,635.31)
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Myles Cassidy 11% after a 2016 raise of 5.38% ($158,470.26)
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Police Chief Dan Parkinson 5%  ($194,396.50)
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Deputy Police Chief Danny Aikman 6% ($172,494.80)
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While this write agrees that the fiscal line needs to be held isn’t it utterly hypocritical to tell employees that their wages will be frozen while management takes huge raises?
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CUPE represents many city staff.  Local 3251 reps 152 full timers, local 234 reps 85, local 1792 reps 59, and local 5734 another 64.
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Ironically under former HR manager Robert Menagh there was more of a towing of the line with his highest raise being 6.8% after two years with no increase.  Mr. Menagh was thrown under the bus by council as his termination agreement would prevent him from potentially testifying against disgraced former CAO Paul Fitzpatrick.  He was terminated without cause.
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The City is now getting ready to negotiate salaries in an election year.  It should be interesting how that shakes out.
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We will be updating this story.
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What do you think about management taking huge raises while the city swims backward fiscally dear CFN viewers?
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Photo : Bernadette “Flipper” Clement inaction.    If you’re a whistleblower you can email jamie@cornwallfreenews.com in confidence.

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