Doug Gillard, the Yellowknife municipal enforcement manager, has been given a new position at City Hall.
Gillard became the manager of a newly established Emergency Management Division on Monday, in a move not publicized by the City.
Cabin Radio understands the reassignment – dubbed “an organizational change” by the City in an email to staff – means Gillard no longer has direct authority over Yellowknife’s municipal enforcement department and officers.
Accusations of past workplace misconduct involving Gillard, and how those allegations were handled at the time, sparked an independent inquiry at City Hall earlier this year.
By email at around 6pm on election day, senior administrative officer Sheila Bassi-Kellett told staff: “An Emergency Management Division is being established … that will be mandated to coordinate emergency management and response, as well as risk assessment/mitigation and business continuity for the City.”
Her email named Gillard as the new division’s inaugural manager, effective that day. An interim municipal enforcement manager will replace him.
Will manage dispatch staff
Bassi-Kellett said the new division will revise the City’s emergency measures plan, work on emergency preparedness planning and training, coordinate the City’s response to any emergency or threat, and develop a business continuity plan for the City.
An example of business continuity planning involves the water leaks that affected City Hall over the summer, forcing many staff to temporarily move offices. Bassi-Kellett said that kind of incident “could have required large-scale business continuity planning, if City Hall had to be closed down for repairs.”
While Gillard’s new role is understood to mean he no longer manages municipal enforcement officers, dispatch staff will now report to him.
This “more accurately reflects the nature of their work in being the first line of communication related to emergency calls of all sorts,” Bassi-Kellett wrote in her email.
It’s not clear how many other staff will form a part of the division.
Gillard spent much of 2018 in the spotlight for his alleged behaviour while managing municipal enforcement.
Complaints alleging bullying and workplace harassment dating to 2014, alongside a concern about his alleged use of the City’s security cameras to view women, resulted in the City opening an independent inquiry earlier this year to review how it handled the accusations when they were initially brought forward.
That inquiry largely exonerated the City, though it did conclude the security cameras were “more likely than not” misused – without naming any individuals responsible. The City has since put a security camera policy in place.
More recently, a number of municipal enforcement officers wrote a letter supporting Gillard and his management technique.