UPDATE: Harbour Grace council staying hush on two resignations

Melissa Jenkins melissa.jenkins@tc.tc
Published on January 24, 2014
Jennifer Janes (left) and Ashley Janes (right) have left their newly appointed positions with the town of Harbour Grace.

A staffing crisis in Harbour Grace that was reported this week will not be publicly discussed by town officials, at least for now.

 On Thursday, Jan. 23, The Compass confirmed two recently hired senior employees resigned from their positions with no notice.

The day prior, the facilities manager at the S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium, Jennifer (Bourne) Janes, and the new chief administrative officer, Ashley (Rose) Janes, tendered their resignations effective immediately.

Jennifer began her position on Dec. 2, while Ashley had been on the job less than two weeks. Both were contacted, but did not respond to interview requests up to Friday, Jan. 24.

A meeting was held for councillors Thursday night (Jan. 23) to discuss a way forward.

When asked about the meeting, councillor and finance committee chair Kathy Tetford declined comment.

Deputy Mayor Sonia Williams would also not officially comment “yet,” but prior to the meeting, she did confirm the resignations.

Mayor Terry Barnes has officialy stated he would not be making any comment either.

Attempts to contact other councillors since the meeting have been unsuccessful.

Late Wednesday night, the stadium Facebook page — which was monitored and ran by Jennifer Janes — was rendered inactive after Jan. 23.

When news got out about the resignations, questions began surfacing, with plenty of speculation. But it will likely be next week or later before anything is brought to public light, sources say.

It is unclear what town officials plan to do next or when they expect to fill the positions.