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Town of Fort Macleod paid former CAO $42,000 after dismissal

The Town of Fort Macleod paid former chief administrative officer David Connauton $42,000 when he was dismissed.
Resident Terry Daniel revealed the findings of a Freedom of Information request he filed with the Town of Fort Macleod.
Daniel used the public input portion of council’s Sept. 28 meeting to flesh out the details of the payout.
Daniel asked whether the total was the net or gross amount paid to Connauton.
Deputy Mayor Brent Feyter said $42,000.05 was the gross amount.
Daniel pointed out the cost for dismissing Connauton suddenly will continue to mount.
Daniel pointed out council approved spending up to $25,000 to use a company to recruit the new CAO.
That new CAO will likely command a higher salary than that paid to Connauton.
“If you’re going to get anybody with experience at all you’re going to have to pay a higher salary,” Daniel said.
Daniel said council has not yet provided a reason for dismissing Connauton, and asked again what triggered the firing
“There is no official statement from council so I won’t comment on it,” Feyter confirmed.
Feyter said the municipal review might provide more clarity in the public report.
Daniel expressed concern about the secrecy shrouding the decision to dismiss Connauton.
“It’s that thing about transparency,” Daniel said. “We’re paying the cost on that (dismissal) and we really don‘t even know why it was done.”
Daniel had asked for the payout amount in July but council deferred a response while administration sought a legal opinion.
In August, Daniel was told he would need to go through formal channels which includes paying $25 to make the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act request.
Council terminated Connauton’s employment with the Town of Fort Macleod following a special meeting May 13 at Fort Macleod Health Centre.
The meeting was attended by Mayor Rene Gendre, Deputy Mayor Brent Feyter and councillors Mike Collar, Michael Dyck, Keith Trowbridge and Gord Wolstenholme. Coun. Trish Hoskin was absent.
The meeting was called to order at 8:45 and was promptly closed to the public.
When council came out of closed session at 10:45 a.m., Gendre’s motion to indemnify council was passed.
Trowbridge then made a motion to dismiss Connauton immediately with full compensation as per his contract, or with the option to resign.

2 Comments For This Post

  1. Linda Says:

    This council is either stupid and do not know the difference between net and gross, or are unable to tell the truth about anything!!!!

  2. Gordon MacIvor Says:

    Go Terry Go!
    Go Gettem Cowby!