Hudson Director General leaving his position
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Both Hudson Mayor Jamie Nicholls and Director General Jean-Pierre Roy (above) say his departure was by mutual agreement three years after he was hired by former Mayor Ed Prévost.
Almost three years to the day of his hiring, Hudson Director General Jean-Pierre Roy is leaving his position, effective Friday, September 7.
“This is not a negative situation,” Roy told The Journal August 29. “I’m leaving Hudson with my head held high and proud of what we’ve accomplished.”
Roy, a resident of Vaudreuil-Dorion, said his departure was a mutually agreed upon decision and said though there were some difficult and unpleasant experiences during his three-year tenure, the positive outweighed the negative. Roy said the town is currently functioning well with the unionized employees’ collective agreement in place and a reduction in outstanding law suits against the town from 35 to two or three.
He said he has no immediate job lined up but rather plans to take some time off after three years of intensive work, particularly 2017 when a family member’s illness was immediately followed by the unprecedented spring flooding.
“I’m especially proud of the way the residents worked together to help one another during the flooding,” Roy said.
His initial hiring was not without controversy as some residents questioned allegations that followed his eight-years as DG of Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures on Quebec’s lower north shore, allegations that former Mayor Ed Prévost then staunchly refuted saying, “We did all the necessary reference work and we will respond vociferously to any false accusations.”
A Hudson resident this week copied The Journal on a message to the Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l'Occupation du territoire (MAMOT) to register a complaint claiming certain financial reports had not been submitted to the Minister as per the Cities and Towns act. He further states Roy was asked and agreed to resign from his position as Hudson DG.
Hudson Mayor Jamie Nicholls did not corroborate the claims.
“We had different visions for the future of the town,” said Nicholls. “Jean-Pierre led us through a difficult period in Hudson’s history and we’re now positive about a new stage in the town’s growth.”
Roy replaced former Westmount DG Duncan Campbell who filled in on an interim basis following the resignation of the previous Interim DG Jacques Lemieux who resigned in March, 2015 after eight days on the job citing significant interpersonal and political problems at the town.
As reported in The Journal September 17, 2015, Lemieux was hired after former DG Catherine Haulard, who had been with the Town of Hudson for 18 months, left following a two-week suspension. She subsequently sued the town for wrongful dismissal but the courts ruled against her June 26, 2017.
As per the town’s website, council has appointed Treasurer Claudia Ouellette as acting DG and will begin the process to fill the position immediately.