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North Saanich pays staff member $26k "compensation for his treatment at the hands of the previous municipal council"

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#1 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 19 July 2016 - 02:44 PM

North Saanich's chief administrative officer has been given more then $26,000 in what the mayor of that community is calling "compensation for his treatment at the hands of the previous municipal council."


Ron Buchan was the CAO of the District in 2011 when the council in question was elected. The subsequent three year term saw considerable turmoil at the North Saanich municipal hall, including mediation between councillors and the District's staff in November, 2012.


Mayor Alice Finall, who was mayor during the period in question, said this week the current council agreed to pay Buchan to compensate him for that treatment by the last council.


"Compensation was offered to (Buchan) for his treatment at the hands of previous council," Finall read from a statement on July 18.



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#2 Mixed365

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Posted 20 July 2016 - 07:45 AM

Truly bizarre. 

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#3 Jill

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Posted 20 July 2016 - 09:13 AM

Is it just me, or is municipal government on southern Vancouver Island disproportionately bizarre?

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Posted 22 July 2016 - 06:09 PM

Less councillors through amalgamation would mean more professional councils.
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#5 Grumpy Taxpayers

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Posted 15 September 2016 - 10:33 AM

North Saanich damage settlement detailed


As a result of a freedom of information request additional clarity has emerged about the voluntary damage settlement given by North Saanich council to a staffer for his shabby treatment.


“Our primary interest is one of transparency for the municipal taxpayer,” says Stan Bartlett, chairperson of Grumpy Taxpayer$ of Greater Victoria, a citizen’s advocacy group that champions lower taxes, less waste, and more accountable municipal government.


On Dec. 15, 2014 the newly elected council at an in-camera meeting closed to the public authorized a payment of $28,600 to Rob Buchan, the chief administrative officer. It was based on a ‘CAO Salary and Contract Report’ dated Dec. 8 from Mr. Buchan.


The motion consisted of two items: Payment to Mr. Buchan for 1. “…general damages for pain and suffering as a result of the behavior of the former Council to include $25,000 plus the amount of $3,600 paid by him for legal fees for advice which total amount will not be subject to tax or other deductions; 2) Topping up his sick leave bank by the amount used relating to this Council behavior.”


At the time none of the above was made public by the council or reported by the media.


The actual cheque authorization for $28,600 was dated Dec. 31, 2014 and issued Jan. 28, 2015 to Mr. Buchan of the Municipality of North Saanich and entitled ‘damage settlement.’


The voluntary damage settlement only came-to-light in June 2016 when it was referenced in council minutes and listed in the 2015 District of North Saanich Financial Statement, Schedule of Suppliers of Goods and Services released in July 2016. A Peninsula News Review story July 19 prompted a statement from North Saanich Mayor Alice Finall who said the payment was not the result of any legal action or threatened legal action.


No costs or number of days was attached to the ‘damage settlement’ Buchan received for topping up his sick leave, sick days used as a result of the issues at the municipality between 2011-14.


During that three-year term four staff resigned, staff issues went to mediation, and eventually there was a turnover of councillors at the 2014 election.


Stan Bartlett, Grumpy Taxpayer$ of Greater Victoria

#6 Nparker

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Posted 07 May 2018 - 11:28 AM

I couldn't really find any other place for this information. 25 years after first entering local politics, North Saanich's 3-term mayor, Alice Finall will not be seeking re-election in October.


I am hoping this might inspire other local elected officials to ponder their best before dates.

#7 Old Esquimalt

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Posted 23 May 2018 - 10:57 PM

Is it just me, or is municipal government on southern Vancouver Island disproportionately bizarre?

You mean south of just north of Nanaimo?


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