Police scene

Former CAO not involved in hiring successor

Truck crash – McConnell and Eleventh

confidential. The personnel committee will set the scope of power for the new CAO. “One of the first issues I believe the per- sonnel committee with seize with on the issue of governance,” KIlger said, “because I think we have to make it clear to the can- didates seeking the position of CAO of the city of Cornwall what their authority will be and where the limitations are.” “The personnel committee will submit a report to council on the governance issue particularly to make sure . . . there is a ma- jority consensus around the council table as to what the responsibilities and authority of the new CAO will be.” Paul Fitzpatrick, who earned $183,000 as the city’s top employee last year, will be on “management leave” until his retirement on Jan. 31, 2013, according to a June 29 press release issued by the city. In a July 31 press release, the city indicated Fitzpatrick “will continue to be available to the city and will provide assistance on transitional and other issues that may arise” adding that “one of the key objectives of the transitional pro- cess is the recruitment of a new CAO.” Fitzpatrick, who was Cornwall’s CAO for six years, is the highest ranking city official in an exodus that began with former Glen Stor Dun Lodge administrator Donna Der- ouchie in July 2011. Since then, the city has fired human resources manager Robert Me- nagh and city clerk Denise Labelle-Gelinas has announced her impending retirement. Over the same time period, a council- lor – Leslie O’Shaughnessy – resigned over frustration with a lack of information from administration on key council decisions and the city lost a human rights decision in- volving a former employee and was found guilty of retaliating against another city em- ployee who had reported a case of abuse at Glen Stor Dun Lodge.


The city of Cornwall’s former chief admin- istrative officer will not lend a hand in hiring his replacement, Mayor Bob Kilger told Cornwall city council last Monday. “At no time will the former CAO be in- volved in the selection of the new chief ad- ministrative officer,” Kilger asserted. The recruitment process will begin early next month with the goal of having the po- sition filled by the beginning of next year, according to a report to council on the is- sue. The recruitng will be handled by the city’s human resources department “with the possible exception of securing some spe- cialized outside services related to inter- view content and evaluation and candidate selection and evaluation.” But Councillor Glen Grant took issue with the option of using outside expertise while speaking at last Monday’s meeting. He said city councillors and current human resourc- es manager Dale Levesque have enough experience to complete the hiring process. “I personally don’t think we need that (out- side expertise).” Candidates for the city’s top job will be narrowed down by a committee comprised of personnel committee members Denis Carr, Denis Thibault and Glen Grant, with the addition of Councillor Elaine MacDon- ald. The top two or three candidates will be presented to full council, but Councillor Maurice Dupelle said all the candidates should be revealed to full council at the outset. He said councillors can be informed via email or through an in camera meeting under the condition they keep the names

Teens face drug charges An Alexandria teen and three passengers face a raft of charges after they were caught with drugs during an impaired driving spot check on Aug. 11. SD&G OPP checked their vehicle after it was stopped at a RIDE checkpoint at county roads 17 and 19 in South Glengarry around 12:30 a.m. A search by police resulted in the seizure of approximately 40 grams of suspected marijuana and 20 white methamphetamine pills valued at $800. The driver, Justin Poulter, 18, of Alexandria, faces charges of trafficking cannabis mari- juana under three kilograms and possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking. He is scheduled to appear Oct. 3 in Alexandria court. Brandon Lessard, 18, of North Glengarry Township, is charged with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, and breach of probation order.He is sched- uled to appear Oct. 3 in Alexandria court. Two girls, aged 15 and 17, were also arrested. The 17-year-old faces two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, failing to comply with an officer in charge’s undertaking and failure to comply with a sentence or disposition. The 15 year old faces two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking. She is scheduled to appear Sept. 20 in Cornwall court. The approximate street value of the seized drugs is $800:00. Two men stand next to a pick-up truck after it collided with a light standard at the intersection of McConnell Avenue and Eleventh Street in Cornwall Thursday morning. The force of the impact left the light fixture at the top of the pole dan- gling from a wire. Cornwall police say the accident was reported to them at 9:08 a.m. No further information was available. Woman faces assault charges A 22-year-old Alexandria woman faces charges after she was accused of assaulting her boyfriend Aug. 15. SD&G OPP officers responded to a report of a domestic incident around 1:30 a.m. at St. Paul Street in Alexandria. The investigation revealed that a man and his girlfriend were involved in a verbal altercation that resulted in her assaulting him. She was arrested and faces charges of assault, assault with a weapon and mischief under $5,000. She is scheduled to appear Sept. 11 in Cornwall court. Death threats On Aug. 12 at approximately 5 p.m., SD&G OPP officers responded to a report of a domestic incident that occurred on Main Street in Alexandria The investigation revealed that a woman and her 32-year-old common-law husband were involved in a verbal altercation that resulted in him assaulting her. He is charged with assault, assault causing bodily harm and uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm. He was held in custody pending an appearance in Cornwall court.

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