Stellarton working on salary settlement for former police chief

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STELLARTON – Stellarton councilor George Megeney, who chairs the town’s police commission, says the town will be working on reaching a settlement with Ambrose Heighton for the pay he should have received between the period he was fired in 2008 and December 2012 when he started back to work.

This comes after last week’s decision by Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Nick Scaravelli that the Police Review Board was within its rights when it ruled that Heighton should be reinstated at one rank lower than that of chief.

“The decision of the Supreme Court justice brings an end to what has been a long and difficult period in the administration of the Stellarton Police Department as well as for Mr. Heighton,” Megeney said.

He said the next step will be for a settlement to be reached for the time Heighton was away from work and from there they will move forward to provide the best possible police service for the town.

“From the very beginning of this matter the police commission and council of the day and also the present members acted in good faith based on recommendations and legal advice provided to them,” he said

He was unsure how long it will take to finalize the settlement.

“Hopefully it’ll be sooner than later,” he said.

The town’s lawyer, Hector MacIsaac said he will wait to get formal direction from the town, that that is what they intend to do.

Organizations: Police Review Board, Supreme Court, Stellarton Police Department

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  • Lucy
    January 23, 2013 - 18:22

    Why are u not printing all the comments? I'm sure there must have been hundreds!

  • friend of Amby
    January 23, 2013 - 17:11

    I agree wholeheartedly with SIMPLE MATH...it doesn't take a Rocket Science to figure this one out...SO it shouldn't take very long. It acted on recommendations and Legal Advise from Town Solicitor...perhaps it's time for a change in the ADVISOR?????

  • Blow Smoke
    January 23, 2013 - 17:05

    Johnny Smoke... If you do / did indeed know what you are talking about, it doesn't appear that way. However it does appear you are in left field alone with the inability to fathom simple judicial proceedings. First of all there point and reasoning to the Tribunals decision was there is no Just Cause to have fired Chief Heighton, simple because the town (unfoundedly, non-researched and poorly executed) felt they had cause to fire the Chief doesn’t mean it was “ Just Cause”. Again with this finding there comes a penalty called “Wrongful Dismissal”. Once the tribunal made their decision (which was then reinforced by Supreme Court of NS). So with wrongful dismissal one is fully entitled to be reimbursed for any financial loss suffered as a result. The End……Finally!

  • Johnny smoke
    January 23, 2013 - 12:00

    Never to be outdone the Stellarton brain trusts are at it again.This time however they have to come to the table with real money, not the play stuff that they have been spreading around in the past. I for one cannot fathom why Mr. Heighton should be paid for not working as this would set a precedent for future conflicts with employees of the town. After all the duly elected leaders of the town voted to fire Mr. Heighton "with cause". Just because some tribunal ruled different, does not remove the original reason for their decision as I read the decision it stated reinstatement, not reimbursement . Many persons are charged with offenses then found innocent afterward, they do not have a hope of ever recovering their lost reputations or financial resources , why is this situation any different? Or is it because of one readers comment." Civil servants looking after each other..." A true statement if there ever was one.

    • Lee
      January 23, 2013 - 17:36

      The firing was unjust, just because Mayor & Council "didn't know it" at the time doesn't mean they should be off the hook for paying Mr. Heighton the lost wages. Amby wasn't the one who dragged these proceedings on ad nausea, you can thank the good ol' boys club of Stellarton for that. Now they can pay the price for their stubbornness.

    • Watching the news
      January 23, 2013 - 17:56

      He's getting money for the time that he was off because the system determined he was wrongfully terminated... meaning he should have earned that money and they owe it to him... this would happen for any person who is wrongly fired (regardless of your personal opinion - the courts determined that is the case here) from there job... so since everybody else would also be given the chance to get their money, why shouldn't he?

  • me over here
    January 23, 2013 - 09:48

    Looks like any officer can do as they please, right or wrong with out any, repercussions! civil servants looking after each other...

  • D Carhart
    January 23, 2013 - 07:56

    Don't forget to give him back his pension. Heighton Supporter

  • Simple math
    January 23, 2013 - 05:21

    For his first year of his demotion , provide him with the chief salary. For subsequent years, use the rate of pay for his new position. ... And don't forget the compound interest on this deferred payment! This process should not take as long as it did for the town to admit defeat. When is the apology coming for putting Mr. Heighton and his family through this ordeal? Hopefully that will be in the mail also.

    • Good News
      January 23, 2013 - 08:47

      Well said simple math! Also, don't forget the amount that would have been contributed to his pension for those years he was out of work! Congrats Amby! Well deserved! :)