East Haw­kes­bu­ry di­rec­tor re­si­gns

Tribune Express - - NEWS - GREGG CHAMBERLAIN gregg.chamberlain@eap.on.ca

Lin­da Ro­zon is no lon­ger chief ad­mi­nis­tra­tive of­fi­cer of East Haw­kes­bu­ry Town­ship.

Ro­zon re­si­gned her po­si­tion ef­fec­tive the end of June, af­ter close to four de­cades as a town­ship em­ployee. Be­sides her du­ties as CAO be­fore her re­si­gna­tion, she al­so dou­bled as the town­ship trea­su­rer.

Mayor Ro­bert Kir­by confir­med, du­ring a phone in­ter­view Mon­day, that Ro­zon’s re­si­gna­tion fol­lo­wed upon a re­quest from the town­ship. He said the rea­son in­vol­ved a di­sa­gree­ment over her hand­ling of the ac­coun­ting sys­tem for the town­ship and fai­lure to im­ple­ment a com­pu­te­ri­zed ac­coun­ting pro­gram that the town­ship pur­cha­sed ma­ny years ago.

«But it (ac­coun­ting pro­gram) ne­ver got used,” Kir­by said, “and it was not an ex­pen­sive pro­gram.”

Fol­lo­wing a dis­cus­sion bet­ween town­ship of­fi­cials and Ro­zon, the ex-CAO agreed to hand in her re­si­gna­tion.

“It (ac­counts) was all pen­cil work and ve­ry hard to keep track of,” Kir­by said. “She couldn’t handle what we wan­ted, and we couldn’t handle her si­tua­tion.”

Mayor Kir­by confir­med that town­ship got le­gal ad­vice and as­sis­tance on the mat­ter, which in­clu­ded an agree­ment from Ro­zon to cor­rect some er­rors in the au­di­ted ac­counts be­fore her de­par­ture.

“Any fi­nan­cial ir­re­gu­la­ri­ties have been ta­ken care of,” Kir­by said. “There were fi­nan­cial er­rors and she cor­rec­ted them. There will be ab­so­lu­te­ly no loss to the tax­payers. No mo­ney was lost by the town­ship.”

The town­ship has pos­ted ads on­line and through re­gu­lar me­dia for ap­pli­ca­tions to fill the CAO/trea­su­rer po­si­tion. Kir­by confir­med that Ro­bert Le­febvre, for­mer trea­su­rer for Cham­plain Town­ship, has come out of re­ti­re­ment to im­ple­ment the new ac­coun­ting pro­gram and al­so ma­nage the town­ship’s ac­counts un­til a re­pla­ce­ment is found for Ro­zon.

Mayor Kir­by al­so confir­med that the per­son cho­sen to re­place Ro­zon, as both CAO and trea­su­rer, will have the skills and ex­pe­rience nee­ded to ma­nage the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty’s ac­coun­ting sys­tem.

“You need this new tech­no­lo­gy to be able to keep up with the times,” he said.

Gregg Chamberlain

Lin­da Ro­zon n’est plus la di­rec­trice et tré­so­rière de Haw­kes­bu­ry Est. Elle a dé­mis­sion­né à la fin du mois de juin, à la suite d’une de­mande de la mu­ni­ci­pa­li­té. La rai­son in­vo­quée pour son dé­part est le mé­con­ten­te­ment de la mu­ni­ci­pa­li­té concer­nant sa ges­tion des comptes mu­ni­ci­paux et son in­ca­pa­ci­té à mettre en place un sys­tème de comp­ta­bi­li­té in­for­ma­ti­sé que la mu­ni­ci­pa­li­té s’est pro­cu­rée il y a plu­sieurs an­nées. L’an­cien tré­so­rier du can­ton de Cham­plain à la re­traite, Ro­bert Le­febvre, a été em­bau­ché de fa­çon in­té­ri­maire pour gé­rer les fi­nances du can­ton jus­qu’à ce que Mme Ro­zon soit rem­pla­cée.—pho­to

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