December 9, 2023

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Saint-Brigitte-de-Laval: Clerk fired for “breach of trust”.

Saint-Brigitte-de-Laval: Clerk fired for "breach of trust".

The city of Saint-Brigitte-de-Laval fired its clerk, Caroline Nadeau, who was recently convicted of illegal practice of law, and suspended its CEO for failing to notify elected officials.

At the time of his appointment, in December 2021, Nadeau has already been suspended for three months for not completing his mandatory continuing education hours.

No one in the City thought it useful to check that she was indeed entered on the Roll of the Order.

She continued to use her title of attorney and legal adviser in official city documents, even when she was no longer a “member in good standing” of the bar. Bar Law.

In court documents we were able to access, Nadeau is understood to have discovered her denial only in March 2022. In an email to the general manager, she informed him of the “irregularity” regarding her status at the bar and promised to quickly rectify the situation, which she has yet to do.

A few weeks ago she was fined $2,500. A bar spokesman said the judgment was declared by default because she did not attend the hearing “despite being duly summoned and informed”.

The election officials gave the information late

For Mayor Frans Fortier and council members, who were shocked to learn of all this last week, a bond of trust has been broken. Deletion of Mme Nadeau was unanimously endorsed by elected officials Tuesday evening, who condemned his “lack of transparency” and “serious misconduct.”

Ms. Nadeau previously worked at Saint-Brigitte between 2014 and 2018. Recall that she was fired by the city of Saint-Augustin-de-Desmours in 2014, but she contested her dismissal. The case was settled out of court.

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The CEO was suspended

City DG Marc Proulx was suspended without pay Tuesday evening in connection with the filing. The clerk is accused of knowing about the condition for months but failing to notify elected officials.

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