Harbour Grace deputy supports Mayor Barnes

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Sonia Williams says town’s human resources committee left in the dark

Embattled Harbour Grace Mayor Terry Barnes has at least one vocal supporter on the town council.

Harbour grace Deputy Mayor Sonia Williams

Deputy Mayor Sonia Williams told The Compass today (Feb. 4) she does not support a move by some members of council to have Barnes resign his post as mayor.

For related story: http://www.cbncompass.ca/News/Local/2014-02-04/article-3602064/Harbour-Grace-mayor-under-pressure-over-staffing-crisis/1

Williams was not present at a privileged council meeting on Jan. 28, when four councillors suggested Barnes should resign over circumstances that led to the abrupt resignation of two newly hired senior staff in the town.

Based on information she has received about the Jan. 22 resignations, she does not support the assertion that Barnes is responsible.

“I support his decision (not to resign) and I will back him 100 per cent,” she stated. “From what I know, he did nothing wrong.”

Williams works with local ambulance service. She was working a 24-hour shift, leading up to the meeting being called. She felt it was unfair to exclude her.

“It certainly disappoints me that a privileged meeting was called while I was working,” she explained.

Williams said she was also blindsided by two motions made during last week’s public council meeting to fast-track the process of hiring both a new facilities manager at the S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium and a new chief administrative officer for the town. She is the chair of the human resources committee.

“The human resources committee (Williams, Barnes and Coun. Kathy Tetford) met a few times,” she said. “I had no idea these motions were being brought forward at the meeting.”

She also said the motions were not clear and briefly discussed with council minutes prior to being brought before a public meeting, in front of some 20 people. She said neither was brought to the human resources committee for consideration.

Calls made today to councillors Hayward Blake, Gord Stone, Tony McCarthy and Pat Haire have not been returned. Tetford has confirmed she will speak with The Compass tomorrow on the situation.

The Compass will give updates as they become available.

Organizations: The Compass

Geographic location: S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium

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  • Clarification
    February 04, 2014 - 11:58

    In this article it is stated that Dep. Mayor Williams is the Human Resources chair, in another article it states Councillor Tetford is the chair. Just wondering what the correct information is. Thanks!