In a flood of credible news tips today, it is reported that Carolyn Tripp, the town’s CAO was walked out of her office this morning after having been terminated.
One of our sources said “Why she needed to be humiliated in front of all the town staff and marched out with her box of belongings is beyond all of us. She managed to hug a few colleagues and then was escorted out like a common criminal”.
Usually that is a tactic employed to send a clear message to everyone who witnesses it. Perhaps some tact could have been employed unless the clear absence of tact was the message that the Mayor wanted to send to the rest of his staff.
Carolyn joined Midland in her capacity on March 11th 2013 replacing Ted Walker (who retired to the Town of Penetanguishene) after leaving a CAO position at the Township of Georgian Bay. Prior to CAO, she was project manager for the Muskoka Wharf Development in Gravenhurst Ontario as well as being a senior planner for the Town of Gravenhurst.
Gord McKay was quoted as saying “Miss Tripp has been successful in all facets of her career – we look forward to welcoming her to the Town of Midland. I am confident that we will see the town prosper under her leadership.”
Apparently he has since changed his opinion. We will follow-up on this story as more information becomes available. We welcome commentary from Ms. Tripp but expect she will remain silent as the terms of her severance are worked out.
Once again we ask: How much is this costing us? The settlements for unjust dismissal or even just to sign a gag order (the stories she could tell…) will cost the Midland taxpayer dearly and you can bet we will never know the true costs.
What’s more is that Ted Walker is about to finish his term in Penetanguishene leaving that CAO job vacant. Is this another Gerry Marshall “shared services” opportunity for Penetang and Midland to share a new joint CAO. Was this part of the plan? Is there a plan? What is going on at Town Hall? Who’s next?
Also troubling is the report that negotiations with the town’s IBEW union are scheduled for next week. Is this coincidental timing or “a message”. OPSEU negotiations begin soon as well.