La Broquerie council is choosing not to make public the findings of an external investigation into a year-old allegation made by a staff member against a member of council.
Councillor Ivan Normandeau, one of three council members on the municipality’s human resources committee, cited legal advice in the decision, and provided The Carillon Tuesday with a brief statement from council.
"Please be advised that Council as a whole have decided to not release the HR report that was prepared by People First. We feel it is not appropriate to release to the general public since we are dealing with personnel issues. The report does however state, no further investigation or reporting is required at this time," the statement reads in full.
Council hired People First HR Services Ltd., a Winnipeg-based human resources firm, on Apr. 24 to investigate what it called "a formal complaint of allegations" and report back to council.
The complaint was registered in November of last year, but the nature of the allegations contained in it, and when and where they are alleged to have occurred, remain unknown.
Normandeau said in April he expected the report—a four to six-week undertaking estimated to cost between $2,500 and $6,000—would be made public, pending approval from the RM’s legal counsel.
Asked for an update on Oct. 24, Normandeau replied, "We had internal discussions as council, and we decided we’re not going to make the document public."
He directed further questions to the forthcoming statement he said would be "vetted by a lawyer."
"Because it’s somewhat of a personnel issue…it’s kind of touchy."