Hudson hires Interim Director General
PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG
Hudson Mayor Ed Prévost greeted Duncan Campbell as newly hired Interim Director General at a special council meeting held Monday, April 20.
Hudson town council voted unanimously to hire Duncan Campbell as temporary Director General (DG) at a special meeting held Monday, April 20, at the Royal Canadian Legion in Hudson.
“It spells relief for us all,” said Mayor Ed Prévost once the vote was taken. Prévost said the terms of agreement with Campbell are for a period of five months. His hours of work per week will be flexible depending upon the workload. Campbell is mandated to proceed to the hiring of a permanent Director General and Treasurer in the next few months.
“I have been following what has been happening in Hudson and I’m looking forward to the challenge,” said Campbell when the mayor invited him to speak. Campbell invited residents to ask questions saying that his work would begin the next day. Campbell has extensive experience in Quebec municipal affairs having served as Associate DG for Montréal, DG for Town of Mount Royal and DG for the Town of Westmount.
The mayor pointed that he and Campbell share the same alma mater, the University of Western Ontario (UWO) where Campbell earned his Masters of Business degree. The hiring process was carried out by a recruiting committee composed of Councillors Natalie Best, Ron Goldenberg and Nicole Durand the mayor said.
“The candidate of choice insisted on meeting with the council members and as a result of all that, we are extremely pleased to welcome our new DG,” Prévost continued. In other business, council unanimously agreed to make an addition to the agenda to make changes to the signing authority for cheques issued by the town.
“We were contacted today by the Ministère des Affaires municipals et de l’Occupation du territoire (MAMOT) and they told us we are not doing things the way we are supposed to,” announced the mayor at the beginning of the meeting. “Therefore Director of Public Security Philippe Baron no longer has signing authority,” the mayor added explaining that only the mayor, treasurer, and assistant treasurer or a secretary treasurer, are permitted this authority. He pointed out the DG does not have signing authority.
A resident raised concern about whether or not the previous Director General Catherine Haulard had officially resigned during the question period. Prévost said the legal opinion the town received regarding Haulard not returning to work after her suspension when invited to do so is considered to be her resignation.
The mayor added that Haulard is officially pursuing the town before the Labour Relations Board.