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  1. By any applicable legal description, he was not a contractor. The contract explicitly refers to him as an employee.

    An employment contract does make the person a contractor. Ms. Sullivan most assuredly has an employment contract, is she a contractor as well? This is bafflegab, pure and simple.

  2. Thank you for bringing this issue to light. Very disappointed in the hiring tactics being used, and potentially abused.

  3. Great job Britt! If in fact Mr.Joseph was hired as a contract employee, and our CAO says this is the case, perhaps he should be required to reimburse the DOS for any and all benefits he received during his life as a contractor. The public has the right and the obligation to view documents which give details of any monies paid in benefits to Mr.Joseph beyond his salary (about which I dare not comment).

  4. Section 1.1 on the contract provides the answer and shames and taints all of the elected officials (bar one) and the CAO – Parkinson stood up for the people of Sooke as she could easily see how unethical this whole process of hiring has been and is now on the record for all to see, in black and white….

    the bigger question is this: did the CAO gamble with around 60-70k of our money (severance pay to Joseph if he had not got the job) or did she know the outcome of the ‘open’ hiring process? To me, either way, demonstrates cronyism and the contempt for our money – this behaviour is utterly unethical…

  5. Yes, we haven’t actually heard from Councillor Reay about the process of her hiring her friend Sullivan, and now we have Sullivan hiring her friend Joseph. I can see why Reay didn’t vote against this but why was it only Parkinson who recognized that protocol wasn’t followed. Too many times we have seen Councillors casually put their hand up for votes when they dont even know the issues. If they dont know they should abstain! If they do know and vote on faulty documents they should be held accountable.

  6. The same old gang of malcontents beating the same dead horse, with the exception of councilor Parkinson who asked the question and I believe got the answer.
    Seriously, to call it for what it is, this is the issue. The usual suspects believe his hiring was an inside job, based on the belief that he had a prior business relationship with the CAO, who got her job by knowing councilor Reay. Well to this I say so what. the crime being stepping outside the boundaries of the Sooke buddy network and hiring on the outside. That’s what has you choked. Admit it. I say judge a person on their performance. Nobody should be surprised by networking and nepotism in municipal politics. Those that are, should get a helmet before they step off the short bus and into the real world.

  7. Thank you Brenda for continuing to stand up for what us right!
    Must admit that I am very disappointed by our Mayor’s seemingly passive stance in the these controversies.

  8. Thank you Brenda for continuing to stand up for what is right!
    Must admit that I am very disappointed by our Mayor’s seemingly passive stance in the these controversies.