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Released on May 10,
2016 at 10:00 EDT
Tag # 687
must be held accountable for the contract negotiations and the
labour relations mess in the fire services division, which
cost taxpayers over $ 800,000.
city's embattled, incompetent Human Resources Director - Kevin
Fowke, has failed in his back door attempt to conquer the CAO
office. Soon after former CAO Doug Nadorozny was fired and
escorted out from the City hall, Fowke was appointed interim
CAO. Controversially, Bob Johnston, from the Sudbury Airport
Authority, was then selected as a preferred candidate for the
the scenes, while Johnston tried to settle in at the City
hall, Fowke led corrupt bureaucrats in attempts to regain
their authority. Fowke utilized his old tactics and underhand
connections with other bureaucrats to discredit Johnston.
During the P6M project process, Bob Johnston was misguided by
Fowke and was provided information concerning labour relations
issues such as excessive overtime and absenteeism in the fire
services division. Fowke forced Johnston to address these
issues parallel to the P6M project. Addressing the labour
relations issues with P6M defeated the purpose of the project.
This controversial action triggered a very unsettling
situation with the Bigger administration. Johnston failed to
follow instructions from the Mayor and council by directly
addressing these issues before the council meeting.
colluded with Johnston against the Bigger administration.
According to a leaked e-mail from City Hall, Johnston wrote to
Fowke, "your efforts there wasn't enough political will to be assertive
with the union. This may be the case, but I believe I will be
able to take a new approach when presenting this data so that
the magnitude of the problem resonates with them."
This provides clear evidence that Johnston’s actions are
is also clear that Fowke motivated Johnston to bring this
matter to the council. Fowke's sole intention was to create a
path for Johnston through which he would leave the office and
thus free the CAO position for his taking. His motive was
successful and Johnston wrote back to Fowke: "If council rejects my strategy I will stand down and never discuss
this matter again. Quite frankly, I have no interest in
continuing to work for a corporation...".
further wrote that "it is important that a communication
strategy be established to inform the public of the
disparities and inequities in the system."
These leaked e-mails are also evidence that Fowke colluded
with Johnston against the Bigger administration to go public
and attempted to discredit the council and mayor.
Bigger condemned the interim CAO’s (Johnston's) political
approach for choosing to discuss fire services at the Sept.
22, 2015, council meeting. Ironically, Johnston’s supposed
“political approach” was merely orchestrated by Fowke's
conspiracy. According to an uncovered e-mail from Bigger's
office, he stated: "I specifically told you not to antagonize the firefighters union
with your personal comments on P6M. You chose to disregard my
direction. Your role is to follow the direction of mayor and
council. I am not impressed."
Bigger copied this e-mail to fellow City councillors.
has nothing to do with politics at City Hall but to follow the
instructions of the Mayor and council. Fowke, however, painted
a different picture with the public and the Mayor. Fowke said
in June 2015 that " increases
in overtime were not directly related to the schedule in the
Fire Services division." Furthermore, he stated that
are related to increased training commitments to volunteers
and because of using trainers on evenings and weekends."
to the leaked e-mail, Fowke also admitted to the increase in
sick leave and absenteeism and suggested that negotiations on
this matter could be resolved during the next contract.
However, this would not even be a problem in the first place
if Fowke were able to forecast that consequences would arise
from a 24-hour shift schedule.
incompetence and conspiracy led to all these issues. The
City's fire chief, Trevor Bain, even wrote to Johnston that he
does not want to get in "war of words" with Fowke.
Fowke did not discuss the matter directly with the fire chief,
but instead, utilized a political approach - Johnston as an
instrument to develop a toxic relationship with Bigger.
Finally, Johnston was removed from the CAO position and Fowke
was able to snatch the interim CAO position in City hall.
later addressed the media and stated that "the City was
planning to hire a private recruitment company to search for
the new CAO." Bigger surprised Fowke however, when he announced
that the council had already selected the CAO.
Ed Archer, interim CAO from Regina will resume his job
as permanent CAO with the City of Greater Sudbury.
addition to all of this, it should be noted that Fowke is also
facing allegations over wasting millions of tax dollars on
legal fees to cover his incompetence and for scamming
thousands of tax dollars in referral fees from law firms.
Bigger administration must take stern action against Fowke and
he must be removed from City Hall in order to protect
taxpayers. This will also prevent future conspiracies from his
behalf against the Bigger administration and taxpayers.