Spaniard’s Bay town manager resigns
A tumultuous month in the Town of Spaniard’s Bay continued last week with news that a senior employee has resigned.
On Feb. 8, longtime town manager Tony Ryan tendered his resignation effective immediately. There was no prior notice.
It’s the latest setback for a Conception Bay North community that has been shrouded in controversy since the majority of the town’s fire department stepped away from their duties in support of former councillor Sheri Collins, who tendered her resignation after accusing Coun. Brenda Seymour of harassing her. Collins was council’s liaison with the department.
Seymour, the lone female firefighter in the brigade, levelled allegations of sexual harassment and mistreatment against the department. She has also denied harassing Collins.
“We were caught off guard,” said Mayor Tony Menchions of Ryan’s resignation. “It’s a rough time. We’ve been put through the wringer that last month. “It’s a very stressful situation.” Spaniard’s Bay is in the process of drafting a job notice in an attempt to hire a chief administrative officer to replace Ryan. As for the day-to-day operations, town officials are working with staff to ensure everything runs smoothly.
The resignation came just days after the town tabbed Kurt Roberts, a former assistant fire chief, as the replacement for the previous chief, Victor Hiscock.
In his resignation letter, Ryan made note of the fallout from the fire department scandal and the stress it’s put on his work and personal life as a key reason for stepping away.
“I no longer feel that I can give this position the dedication and commitment it deserves to be productive,” the letter reads.
From the outside, it appeared the town was turning a corner after the controversy it found itself in and was set to take a step forward. It must now pick up the pieces and move forward again.
Spaniard’s Bay is now seeking the advice of the Department of Municipal Affairs on next step they should take in dealing with this latest blow.
The town must also continue to fill the ranks of its fire department. That deadline for applications was last Friday.
“We’ll do what we can,” said Menchions in regards to moving forward. “The next week or two will be big for Spaniard’s Bay.”
The next regular council meeting for the town is scheduled for Monday evening at 7:30 p.m.
“We’ll do what we can. The next week or two will be big for Spaniard’s Bay.” Tony Menchions
Spaniard’s Bay’s town manager Tony Ryan resigned fromm his post early last week.