Coun­cil re­mains silent on res­ig­na­tions

De­tails sketchy about why two new se­nior Har­bour Grace em­ploy­ees quit

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BYMELISSA JENK­INS melissa.jenk­ins@tc.tc

A staffing cri­sis in Har­bour Grace that was re­ported last week will not be pub­licly dis­cussed by town of­fi­cials, at least for now.

On Thurs­day, Jan. 23, The Com­pass con­firmed two re­cently hired se­nior em­ploy­ees re­signed from their po­si­tions with no no­tice.

The day prior, the fa­cil­i­ties man­ager at the S.W. Moores Me­mo­rial Sta­dium, Jen­nifer (Bourne) Janes, and the new chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer, Ash­ley (Rose) Janes, ten­dered their res­ig­na­tions ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately.

Jen­nifer be­gan her po­si­tion on Dec. 2, while Ash­ley had been on the job less than two weeks. Both were con­tacted, but did not re­spond to in­ter­view re­quests up to Fri­day, Jan. 24.

A meet­ing was held for coun­cil­lors Thurs­day night ( Jan. 23) to dis­cuss a way for­ward.

When asked about the meet­ing, coun­cil­lor and fi­nance com­mit­tee chair Kathy Tet­ford de­clined com­ment for now.

Deputy Mayor So­nia Wil­liams would also not of­fi­cially com­ment “yet,” but prior to the meet­ing, she did con­firm the res­ig­na­tions.

At­tempts to con­tact Mayor Terry Barnes and other coun­cil­lors since the meet­ing have been un­suc­cess­ful.

Late Wed­nes­day night, the sta­dium Face­book page — which was mon­i­tored and ran by Jen­nifer Janes — was ren­dered in­ac­tive af­ter Jan. 23.

When news got about the res­ig­na­tions, ques­tions be­gan sur­fac­ing, with plenty of spec­u­la­tion. But it will likely be next week or later be­fore any­thing is brought to pub­lic light, sources say.

It is un­clear what town of­fi­cials plan to do next or when they ex­pect to fill the po­si­tions.

Pho­tos by Melissa Jenk­ins

Jen­nifer Janes

Ash­ley Janes

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