CAO Maureen Adams Needs How Many HR Managers in Cornwall? By Jamie Gilcig 031118

CAO Maureen Adams Needs How Many HR Managers in Cornwall?  By Jamie Gilcig 031118

Cornwall Ontario –  The budget process has been so weird this year in Cornwall that the CBC gave a dingle to councilor Mark MacDonald who was the most diplomatic I’ve ever heard him be while hammering at the fact that it’s time to look at the big ticket items rather than meandering about cuts to pizza for committees.

Go to the Tuesday March 6th Podcast to listen to Councilor MacDonald.

Ms Adams was party of a city government that turfed Robert Menagh without cause which cost the city approximately two years salary and about $300K while paying for his replacement Geoff Clarke who was promoted up and then a position Menagh had eliminated was reopened costing the city even more dosh.

Mo has been either the finance poohbah or CAO during Menagh’s entire term with the city of Cornwall which saw labour peace and the cutting of at least two management positions during his time with Cornwall including the one the city now is advertising below and has been paying out for awhile now.  While he had some historic issues alleged in Hamilton there were no issues during his term in the River City other than he possibly following chain of command instead of becoming a whistleblower.   But looking how that worked out for the three whistleblowers in one term in Cornwall can one blame him?

What is alleged though is that Menagh could’ve been forced to testify if any legal rumblings evolved regarding the Paul Fitzpatrick scandals which.   Instead of the city holding him accountable, as well as clerk Denise Gelinas Labelle (Ms Adams neighbor in Long Sault coincidentally) both were allowed to retire and Menagh’s firing included a gag order, or he isn’t talking.

Geoff Clarke was hired to replace Mr. Menagh, but apparently couldn’t handle the gig so they hired a labour negotiator that has now taken Myles Cassidy’s old gig.

From the City’s website:

Careers – City of Cornwall

Manager, Employee Relations

The City of Cornwall is a progressive community of 47,000 people situated on the banks of the St. Lawrence River in Eastern Ontario. Cornwall boasts a modern economy led by forward thinkers and offers an extensive array of urban amenities, making it an excellent place for a career and raising a family.  

The City seeks a progressive leader to serve as the Manager, Employee Relations within the Human Resources department. Reporting to the General Manager of Corporate Services, you will be responsible for interpreting and identifying the link between collective agreements, corporate policies and employment legislations. This will also include responding and investigating grievances, working collaboratively with all involved parties including bargaining units and Supervisors/Managers, being a key member in the collective bargaining process, oversee Health and Safety for the Corporation and assist with training and development. 

Our ideal candidate will be a role model for the City of Cornwall’s values of leadership, integrity, collaboration, inclusiveness, and diversity. Our candidate will have 7 to 10 years of leadership and operational experience within unionized environments, along with a post secondary education in a related field. Exceptional decision making, critical thinking, development and facilitation skills will be fundamental. Strong written and verbal communication will be necessary in preparing documentation for grievances, arbitrations and mediations. With Cornwall’s rich history in both official languages, bilingualism will also be considered beneficial.

The City of Cornwall offers a competitive compensation and benefits package.

Estimated salary plus benefits is in the $125K per year range which wasn’t much less than Menagh was making so what exactly do we need Geoff Clarke for?   How many bloated salaries can a community handle that has to debate pizza for committees and has reserve fund issues?

Was Mo so busy she needed to have another senior manager?  Is this like they do in hockey now, where a GM fails so they promote him to President and hopefully bring in someone who can do the job?

And if Menagh is available why not simply bring him back as he clearly had a rapport with the local unions and kept the budget focused?


What do you think dear CFN viewers?  Would it be cheaper to just bring back Robert Menagh if he was available and turf Geoff Clarke and his Sunshine List salary and simply not fulfill this job listing?

How many HR managers does a city like Cornwall really need?   Instead of having salary and hiring freezes while jacking up management salaries and demoralizing city workers why not simply fix management?

City Council has the power to resolve any issues at the CAO level where it looks like Ms Adams clearly isn’t up to snuff including going on vacation during budget hearings this week with strike drums beating from CUPE workers.

Is it time for Brampton 2.0 here in Cornwall?  You can post your comments below.

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