By Marianne Curtis
The RM of La Broquerieis once again on the hunt for a new chief administrator after John Livingstone was relieved of his duties at the beginning of February.
RM of La Broquerie reeve Claude Lussier confirmed that his council has terminated a contract that was only signed in the fall by the former council.
“I can’t comment on why he was dismissed,” Lussier stated. “He has been relieved of his duties and he will be compensated according to his contract.”
Livingston was initially hired by the municipality as acting administrator in October 2009. In September, a two year contract was signed between council and the administrator.
While the majority of council agreed with the decision to terminate Livingston both Councilors Ron Hamilton and Darrell Unger voting against the decision.
This is not the first time that Livingston has been terminated without a public explanation. Prior to his arrival in La Broquerie, he worked for the City of Selkirk for seventeen years as director of finance until his employment was terminated without a public explanation.
Meanwhile, the RM of La Broquerie has designated assistant administrator Claude Moquin as acting administrator until a replacement can be found. The former municipal councillor was named as the new assistant administrator at the end of December.
Until the municipality hires a new administrator they have also appointed Roger A. Bouvier as a municipal advisor to council. He will receive compensation at a rate of $60 per hour plus mileage for working alongside council until position is no longer vacant.
It would appear that the RM of La Broquerie council is cleaning house in other areas as well. As of the beginning of January, the council laid off the public works foreman, two public works employees and dismissed a third. Since the October election, the municipality also lost their assistant administrator and building inspector.