Calls for Yk’s top bylaw cop to be fired grow louder

Courtesy City of Yellowknife

The calls for the firing of Manager of Yellowknife Municipal Enforcement Doug Gillard are growing louder.

An external investigation has found the top bylaw cop is likely guilty of misconduct and inappropriate behaviour including bullying and zooming-in closed circuit cameras on women at the public library.

However, if the city of Yellowknife is going to discipline or fire Gillard – the public is apparently going to have to wait to hear about it – if they hear about it at all.

CKLB News attended a special municipal services committee meeting last week where the mayor and council were to discuss a – quote – personnel matter.

However, the media were ordered to leave before the “in-camera” meeting began.

According to the city’s website – the external investigator has said that it is more likely than not that Gillard is guilty of misconduct.

The investigation began last year after former bylaw officers complained about Gillard’s actions.

Not long after that – both the manager of public safety for the city as well as the senior administrative officer at the time of the alleged misconduct – left their jobs at city hall.

A spokesperson for the city says that current administrators and council are now seeking professional advice on how to best deal with Gillard.

Calls to the mayor and the current SAO for an interview by CKLB have not been returned.

An editorial in a local newspaper Wednesday called for Gillard to be dismissed adding there is no room for tolerance of his behaviour, particularly in the age of the #metoo movement.

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