Driv­ing to­wards a so­lu­tion

Po­lice com­mis­sion head wants meet­ing on man­ager ve­hi­cles

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE -

The head of the po­lice com­mis­sion in the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity said Fri­day he plans on hav­ing a dis­cus­sion with po­lice Chief Peter McIsaac con­cern­ing the need for 13 po­lice man­agers to all be as­signed pub­licly funded ve­hi­cles.

Dis­trict five coun­cil­lor El­don Mac­Don­ald said he first learned of the sit­u­a­tion Fri­day in a re­port car­ried by the Cape Bre­ton Post.

“In fair­ness, I think I have to know the whole sit­u­a­tion. I need to get more de­tail,” said Mac­Don­ald, when con­tacted Fri­day.

“I ab­so­lutely want to have the dis­cus­sion be­cause this is a cause for con­cern,” he said.

McIsaac con­firmed Thurs­day that his 13 man­agers have been as­signed an un­marked ve­hi­cle as part of their job.

The main re­stric­tion, he ex­plained, is that the ve­hi­cles not be used for per­sonal use. He said man­agers are deemed to be on- call 24/ 7 so hav­ing a ve­hi­cle at their dis­posal is a ne­ces­sity.

How­ever, the union rep­re­sent­ing of­fi­cers takes a dif­fer­ent view sug­gest­ing that in a cash- strapped mu­nic­i­pal­ity, there is lit­tle rea­son for so many ve­hi­cles to be as­signed to man­agers.

Costs for gas, in­sur­ance and re­pairs for the ve­hi­cle are paid for by the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

Emails be­tween McIsaac and union vice pres­i­dent, Const. Greg Liv­ing­stone, on the is­sue were leaked to media out­lets ear­lier this week.

McIsaac staunchly de­fends the pol­icy, ex­plain­ing his man­agers al­ways go be­yond what is ex­pected in their jobs and should have ready ac­cess to trans­porta­tion in the event of be­ing called out to a crime scene.

The of­fi­cers are rep­re­sented by the Nova Sco­tia Gov­ern­ment Em­ploy­ees Union.

Mac­Don­ald said he wants to reach out to both sides on the is­sue in or­der to de­ter­mine best pos­si­ble prac­tice when it comes to ve­hi­cle use.

The union has pro­posed that only three ve­hi­cles be as­signed to se­nior man­agers with the re­main­der be­ing as­signed out among the ser­vice’s four di­vi­sions.

Mac­Don­ald said he is also con­cerned about dis­tri­bu­tion of the ve­hi­cles which is why he wants fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the sit­u­a­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to a mu­nic­i­pal spokesper­son, the only other depart­ment within the mu­nic­i­pal­ity to as­sign ve­hi­cles to man­agers is emer­gency ser­vices and those ve­hi­cles are clearly marked as such.

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity also has a fleet of other ve­hi­cles in public works and en­gi­neer­ing but ac­cord­ing to the spokesper­son, none are as­signed specif­i­cally for man­ager use.

Mac­Don­ald

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