Town hall shake-up: Lalonde ousted
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.