East Hawkesbury director resigns
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.
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