The controversial “acting CAO” has left the Conservation Authority by “mutual agreement” – effective this February 21, 2019
(In our haste to get a breaking report about David Barrick’s departure from the NPCA up this February 21st, Niagara At Large made the mistake of using Grimsby Mayor Jeff Jordan’s headshot in the body of the report instead of NPCA chair and West Lincoln Mayor Dave Bylsma’s. We sincerely apologize to all concerned.)
A News Commentary by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper
Posted February 22nd, 2019 on Niagara At Large
David Barrick, one of the most controversial figures who has worked his way up to top of the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority’s administrative food chain over the past six years, has now partied ways with the agency.
Members of the NPCA’s board of directors and staff received official word this February 21st afternoon of a “mutual separation agreement,” effective immediately and signed between Barrick, who last served as the Conservation Authority’s “acting CAO,” and the board.
The agreement apparently bars any public disclosure of how much any buy out package for Barrick cost the taxpayers of Niagara, Hamilton and Haldimand County who contribute (with most of the money coming from Niagara) to the NPCA’s $9 million-plus a year budget.
A memo circulated this February 21st from the NPCA board’s current Chair, Dave Bylsma, to other board members and the agency’s staff reads, in part –