Town manager's resignation linked to RCMP investigation

Published on January 20, 2016
Lisa Pike
Compass file photo

The Town of Harbour Grace has put an end to speculation surrounding the resignation over the weekend of the town manager.

At the end of Wednesday evening's council meeting, Mayor Terry Barnes stated Lisa Pike's resignation is connected to a matter the town has referred to police.

“As some residents are aware already, the town manager, Lisa Pike-Carroll, resigned from her position with the Town of Harbour Grace on Jan. 16, 2016,” said the mayor. “At this time I would like to advise that this matter has been referred to the RCMP. It does not involve any member of council or any other (current) employee of council, or the mayor.”

Barnes did not offer any specifics on what sort of matter was brought to police's attention.

Earlier this week, The Compass contacted Trinity Conception RCMP asking whether Pike was the subject of a police investigation. Sgt. Richard Marshall responded by saying police received a complaint from the town last Saturday and were actively investigating. He did not specify who was the subject of that investigation.

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Pike was hired in May 2014, spending 20 months as the town's town manager and chief administrative officer. She previously held a similar position with the community of Warner, Alberta.

At the start of Wednesday's council meeting, accounts payable clerk Sean O'Brien was appointed acting town clerk.