Sooke’s weekly print paper published an article (“Angry group confronts Sooke CAO at home,” first published online on Aug 27, 2016). In that article, the print paper wrote that “Sullivan was hired last December as CAO with unanimous approval from council.”
They got that wrong.
Minutes from a Council meeting on November 20, 2015 show that the Hiring Committee (chaired by Kerrie Reay, along with Rick Kasper and Kevin Pearson) recommended that Sullivan be appointed as CAO. Bev Berger supported the motion. Councillors Ebony Logins and Brenda Parkinson opposed the motion. Mayor Maja Tait was absent (on maternity leave).
The approval from council wasn’t even close to unanimous: it was supported by the three councillors from the hiring committee, plus one.
Regarding the confrontation, the RCMP will only say there is an ongoing investigation. It was said to have occurred on August 10. The mayor confirmed the complaint. Alleged victim Sooke CAO Teresa Sullivan has not answered any of our queries.