Spa­niard’s Bay town man­ager re­signs

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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.

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