The Town released a media statement today regarding the departure of CAO Harry Schlange. Mr. Schlange will no longer be with the Town as of December 5, 2022 based upon a “mutual agreement” between him and the Town.
This move was not unexpected, given some of the controversies during his tenure in Grimsby and the common “shuffling of the CAO deck” by new terms of Councils in the province.
The Director of Legislative Services/Municipal Clerk, Ms. Sarah Kim, will fill the role as Acting CAO in the interim.
With only today and tomorrow left before we know who will be representing us as the Council of 2022-2026, it is time for those voters who have yet to cast their ballot to reflect on the past 4 years of Council, and the campaigns of incumbents and new-faces trying to secure a seat in the horseshoe at Town Hall.
With the ground-game of candidates pretty much winding down at this point, lets look at some points of consideration if you are yet to cast your ballot.
So what happened after the Special Council meeting of February 10, 2020 that called for a “third party investigation”? The meeting where Council, in the form of a G5 vote, decided to put the CAO, Harry Schlange, back to work after the Mayor had placed him on “administrative leave” when serious workplace allegations arose.
If you missed the first part of this series you can read it by clicking this link here.
After the previous post which introduced the origins of the fractured nature of Town Council, it seemed logical to start a detailed look where that one left-off, that being the February 2020 scuffle over the CAO, Harry Schlange. But in the name of completeness, we will start back a little further.
If you have been wondering what exactly is in the CAO’s whole employment contract, well it is has finally been released. A reader sent this eye-opening document to us after fighting tooth-and-nail with the Town, who originally censored large sections of it… and it is interesting to say the least.
While the revolving door of Municipal Staffing seems to be turning quite quickly at Town Hall, it did come as a surprise to many when Grimsby’s former Director of Planning, Building & By-law, Antonietta Minichillo, left for greener pastures at the Town of Caledon earlier this year.
Council was back in session on Monday night to take in, discuss and “debate” the Ombudsman’s report. It was an interesting meeting to say the least… if you did not watch or do not want to watch, here is a long post of highlights from the meeting.
Monday night means Council night, but not just any ordinary meeting but a “Special Meeting” of Council. The meeting for tomorrow (April 25, 2022) was called to allow more time to digest and discuss a recent “report” from the Ombudsman that was included in last Monday’s agenda.
While many have raised questions both publicly and on social media about the actions of the Town’s CAO, an online media outlet in Brampton today posted an in-depth article that captures Mr. Schlange’s movements and hiring practices.
From his early days at Fort Erie to his current tenure in Grimsby, the article takes a long and factual look at where the CAO has been and who he brought along for the ride.
You can read the full post at the Bramptonist by clicking this link here.
It was a very special evening on Monday night, with a Special Council meeting that largely focused around the special subject of “Banking Signing Authorities”. Interestingly enough, “authority” or a lack thereof seems to have been the essence of the lively discussion.
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