Town hall shake-up: Lalonde ousted

The Glengarry News - - Front Page - - Steven War­bur­ton

South Glen­garry Town­ship has parted ways with its Chief Build­ing Of­fi­cial, Kevin Lalonde, about two weeks af­ter turf­ing its chief ad­min­is­tra­tor Bryan Brown.

“We want to go in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion un­der dif­fer­ent lead­er­ship,” Mayor Frank Prevost said dur­ing a brief tele­phone in­ter­view with

The News last week. Mr. Prevost, who has been crit­i­cal of Mr. Lalonde in the past, said he pre­ferred not to of­fer any more com­ment at this time.

Mr. Lalonde had been hired in March 2014 as direc­tor of de­vel­op­ment and head of the build­ing de­part­ment.

Since that time he has come un­der fire, with one ratepayer say­ing it was a “night­mare” to deal with him.

Dur­ing the mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion cam­paign last year, the need to im­prove the ser­vice pro­vided by the build­ing de­part­ment was fre­quently men­tioned.

Mr. Lalonde was let go dur­ing a Fe­bru­ary 4 spe­cial closed ses­sion prior to the reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing.

He had joined the mu­nic­i­pal­ity fol­low­ing the re­tire­ment of Dwane Craw­ford in Jan­uary of 2014. He had pre­vi­ously worked for six years with the City of Corn­wall, where he was plans ex­am­iner and later se­nior build­ing in­spec­tor and deputy chief build­ing of­fi­cial.

Jan­uary 22, the town­ship con­firmed the de­par­ture of CAO Bryan Brown.

Mr. Brown was of­fi­cially ap­pointed as CAO June 23, 2014, suc­ceed­ing Derek Brandt who was fired ear­lier that year.

Mr. Brown had pre­vi­ously held CAO posts in Machin and Madawaska Val­ley.

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