D’Angelo Reportedly Quit the CAO Job Late This January and –Believe It Or Not – Has Filed a Lawsuit Against the Region for “Constructive Dismissal”
A Brief One by Doug Draper
Posted February 4th, 2019 on Niagara At Large
According to at least two news reports, members of Niagara’s Regional Council received an email this February 4th that the Region’s besieged CAO Carmen D’Angelo, who has been off on medical leave from his $230,000-plus benefits job for more than a month now, quit the job late this January.
D’Angelo, who has been a subject of growing evidence reported to the media over the past year that he received unfair advantages in getting the job in the first place, then had his contract for the position extended by former Regional Chair Al Caslin and others without the knowledge and approval of the Region’s council and the public that ultimately pays him, has also filed a lawsuit against the Region, claiming constructive dismissal.
Generally speaking, constructive dismissal involves circumstances where an employee feels that have little or no choice but to leave or quit their job, not because they want to, but because of the conduct of an employer.
All of this – D’Angelo going on medical leave, then quitting and suing the Region – has taken place while the Region’s new council and the public at large awaits the findings of an investigation into the circumstances around D’Angelo’s hiring and contract extension that was launched last year by Ontario’s Ombudsman.
Some sources suggest that the findings of the Ombudsman’s report could be released within a matter of weeks.
And if those findings confirm what has already been reported through documents and other information obtained mostly by The St. Catharines Standard – reports D’Angelo while he was still the CAO of the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority in 2016, wrongly received lists of other people applying the Region’s CAO job and received information about the questions he would be asked during the job interview – this looks more like a case of constructive hiring, without the knowledge of most if not all on the Region’s council and the public at large.
For the sake of the taxpaying public and to make sure nothing like this ever happens again, let’s hope that Niagara’s regional government is retaining the best lawyers possible to fight any suit that D’Angelo and any others pursue in this matter.
Depending on what findings are ultimately confirmed in this case, let’s also hope that the Region is willing to consider counter suits and that require individuals on the other side to cover whatever amount all of this has cost the taxpayers.
If the findings of the Ombudsman and courts back up what has been reported about this sorry episode, the Region should be tough as all hell with anyone found to have played a hand in all of this.
Since D’Angelo began what was reported to be his “medical leave” late last year, Niagara Region’s recently sworn in Chair, Jim Bradley, and the Council appointed the Region’s public works commissioner, Ron Tripp, to serve as acting CAO.
Now a wide open, publicly advertised search for a new full-time CAO (chief administrative officer) will soon get underway.
To read reports posted earlier in the day on this, click on the following links –
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