LPRCA manager on paid leave
The Long Point Region Conservation Authority has been operating most of this month without the services of its general manager and secretary-treasurer.
Cliff Evanitski has been on paid leave since the first week of December.
Port Rowan Coun. Noel Haydt, chair of the LPRCA board of directors, says the board voted to put Evanitski on paid leave following the receipt of a “formal complaint.”
Haydt and other board members would share no details about the complaint when asked about it Thursday.
Haydt said lawyers are involved and it could be mid-January before the matter is resolved.
The LPRCA has a code of conduct for board members and employees.
Haydt said the board is “following our policy to the letter.”
“Anything can happen at this point,” he said. “Our policy is pretty clear. Things will go where they are going to go.”
Haydt and Judy Maxwell, the LPRCA’s manager of corporate services, have been discharging Evanitski’s functions while he is away.
“This was decided by the board,” Simcoe Coun. Doug Brunton, a Norfolk County representative to the LPRCA board, said Thursday.
“It’s a tough one. I can’t say a lot about it.”
Brunton added that the Ministry of Natural Resources also is involved in the matter.
Jarvis Coun. Leroy Bartlett, a Haldimand representative to the LPRCA, said Thursday that an investigation is underway.
Norfolk County is, by far, the LPRCA’s largest municipal partner and the largest contributor to its annual budget.
Norfolk Mayor Charlie Luke said Thursday that he was unaware that Evanitski has been off the job for most of the month.
“This is a shock to me,” he said.
Calls on Thursday to Evanitski’s office in Tillsonburg and to his home in Aylmer were not returned.
Evanitski has been general manager of the LPRCA for nearly 10 years. He took over after long-serving general manager Jim Oliver retired. Oliver went on to become a councillor representing Windham-area Ward 4 on Norfolk council.