Tuesday, September 14, 2010  
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“Most of my best friends are over 70 years old.”
- Wendy Zack  
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On September 7 council met in camera to discuss a personnel issue. At the end of the closed-door discussion the following motions were made.
Councillor Dean Ward moved, “ to eliminate the position of Field Superintendent immediately”.
Ward then withdrew the motion and followed it with another motion, “that the position be eliminated and that the employee in the department position be offered a severance package in line with legal advice received”. It is to be effective immediately.
The motion was passed 4-3 with Councillors Ward, Cole, MacLeod and Salus in favour, Mayor Irwin, Councillors Taje and Mitchell opposed.
Mahieux has worked for the town for 25 years, starting as a unionized worker in the field and eventually working his way to Field Foreman/Lead Hand.
Six years ago, Mahieux took on the intern position as acting Public Works Superintendent when Jack Bowers left. The town began a hiring process for the position and when no applications came forth on the first round, Mahieux applied and was awarded the job.
In a statement from Mayor John Irwin, “Council made a motion to effectively eliminate the position of Field Superintended they just created a couple of months ago.” He further notes, “Council can’t fire Ray Mahieux, but can force the CAO to do it”. Council has effectively forced Lundy into eliminating the position.
According to Gordon Lundy, CAO for the municipality, Mayor Irwin’s statement is indeed true. “Mr. Mahieux has been provided with a severance package by administration and has been given his options regarding the elimination of his position”. The Pass Herald has filled out the required FOIP forms to ascertain the dollar value of the severance package.
 
On May 4, council approved the elimination of the position of Public Works Superintendent. The position was then reclassified into two new positions – Director of Operational Services and Field Superintendent. The Director of Operational Services is in charge of the shop, trades, electrical department, water and sewer. Council was hoping to fill this position with a professional engineer. The position was advertised externally. The second position created was titled Field Superintendent, a position given to Mahieux. Now four months later Mahieux is out of a job and the position abolished.
Mayor Irwin, in a statement to the Herald, commented, “I’m shocked, but not surprised that four members of council have chosen to do this”. He notes, “Ray knows the town’s infrastructure requirements both past and present with his 25 plus years of experience. With a new Director of Operational Services coming on board who is left to bring him up to speed?”
At the same council meeting, council approved the hiring of Mr. Myron Thompson as the new Director of Operational Services, beginning September 20, 2010. Lundy notes that Thompsons comes to the municipality with extensive experience in the area of Public Works and Planning, having held senior leadership positions in several municipalities for the past twenty years; most recently as the Assistant CAO for the Town of Sylvan Lake and Director of Operational Services for the City of Cold Lake. According to Lundy, Thompson is not a professional engineer and will be paid $90,000 to $120,000 per year.
The administrator, Lundy, advised the Herald that the former Field Superintendent has been given extended paid leave of absence while administration tries to figure out how to handle the situation created by council.
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