Sooke CAO Te.resa Sul.livan has posted a job opening for a Director of Corporate Services and Corporate Officer. This is actually one position, and either name would suffice. We are told that Ga.bryel Jos.eph, who currently holds this position, was brought in last February under contract to see us through a period of transition. As we have now apparently been transitioned and his ‘contract’ fulfilled, the position must now be posted. Let the competition begin!
Oh, if it were that simple. On January 24, 2016, CAO Sullivan and Ga.bryel Jos.eph signed an Employment Agreement in which Ga.bryel Jos.eph agreed to serve as the CAO’s Director of Corporate Services. The key wording is as follows:
“Term of employment: The CAO will employ the Employee as the DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE SERVICES of the CAO for a four (4) year term commencing on the 1st day of February, 2016 (the “Effective Date”) and ending on the last day of January 2019 (the “Termination Date”).” Terms for offer of renewal etc., are included.
There is of course the usual six month Probationary Period to assess the employee’s suitability, during which time the CAO may terminate the employment. As of this date, taxpayers have been told that Mr. Joseph has the same right to apply for the position as all other interested persons, and will not have any special privileges in so doing. As far as we know his probationary period has been served, and he is still with us, his hand firmly wrapped around an Employment Agreement for a four year term, signed by CAO Sullivan.
Questions abound! Is this simply an attempt by the CAO to dispel the fact that her colleague, Mr. Joseph, arrived without having won the position? How does she now ignore his four year contract and tell him to apply like all other candidates? Has she actually considered the ramifications of asking other candidates to apply when the position is already taken? Has she perhaps handed him his walking papers based on his six month performance? If he applies as an ordinary candidate and is unsuccessful will he sue for his $115,000 salary, four years worth? I would!
Over to you, Mayor Tait and your Council. Some leadership is clearly needed !
2016 Timeline (added by SPN)
- February 1, Sooke hires new Director of Corporate Services/Corporate Officer, directly appointed by CAO Tere.sa Sulli.van. Contract signed January 24, 2016.
- March 14, Sullivan recommends that Council appoint G.abryel Jo.seph as Corporate Officer; Council directs staff to compete the modified position titled “Director of Corporate Services and Acting Corporate Officer”
- July 12, the District of Sooke posts the job for Director of Corporate Services and Corporate Officer
- August 1: According to the employment contract, Gabr.yel Jos.eph’s probationary period is now over
- September 1: Deadline for applicants of the Director of Corporate Services and Corporate Officer‘s job