Who was the regional “councillor” in the Ontario Ombudsman’s Report who functioned like a go-between in getting Carmen D’Angelo the chief administrative job at Niagara Region?
Who on the council of former Niagara regional chair Al Caslin worked so actively to help Carmen D’Angelo get the Region’s CAO job through a procee the Ontario Ombudsman has called “unjust” and “wrong”? The voters and taxpayers of Niagara deserve to know who that councillor was.
“This (regional) councillor told us (Ombudsman Office investigators) that he does not recall speaking with the employee (Niagara’s regional government) about Mr. D’Angelo as the CAO candidate. However, we obtained an email from the councillor to the employee dated April 15, 2016, in which the councillor thanks the employee for the meeting, and suggests that the employee mention Mr. D’Angelo’s name to other staff as a good candidate for CAO.” – an excerpt from Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dube’s “Inside Job” report, made public November 29th, 2019, on the circumstances around of now former Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Carmen D’Angelo
A Commentary by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper
Posted December 2nd, 2019 on Niagara At Large
Carmen D’Angelo, Niagara Region’s now former Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), who got the top administrative job through a process Ontario’s Ombudsman has concluded was “compromised,” “unjust,” and “wrong.” \
Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dube’s long-awaited report on the hiring process that saw former NPCA CAO Carmen D’Angelo get the CAO job at Niagara Region – a process that Dube ultimately called “compromised,” “unjust,” and “wrong” – was finally released this November 29th with at least one glaring set of information left out.
The report, as powerful as it was in confirming the scandalous conduct many Region watchers were trying to wave red flags about all along, failed to name who the individuals in the shadows were who aided and abetted the Region’s now former CAO, Carmen D’Angelo, in his quest for the $230,000-plus a year top job.
There are certainly numerous references to “the Chair” (although most Niagara residents who have paid attention know who that is or was – Al Caslin), to “the Chair’s Policy Director,” to “the Chair’s Director of Communications,” to “the Clerk,” to “the Director of People Services and Organizational Development,” and on and on. Continue reading