Spallumcheen administrator still suspended

Township officials providing few details to the public

Spallumcheen’s administrator remains off the job.

Lynda Shykora, who has been with the township for eight years, hasn’t worked since the first week of October. She was, according to her, suspended without cause and was considering her legal options.

“I can’t say anymore than what I said before,” said Shykora when contacted Tuesday morning.

She presided over the township’s first regular council meeting of the month on Oct. 1.

Her place at Monday’s second regular monthly meeting was taken by the township’s chief financial officer, Brian Freeman-Marsh.

“Lynda is still on leave and I’m the acting administrator,” said Freeman-Marsh, who also handled the role when Shykora was on vacation.

Mayor Janice Brown declined comment on the situation to The Morning Star when the story first broke. She has since not returned any phone calls.

According to the Community Charter, “the mayor must suspend a municipal officer or employee if the mayor considers this necessary.”

A suspension must be reported to the council at its next meeting.

The matter was not brought up during the regular meeting Monday, but an in-camera session – which is closed to members of the public and media – was held immediately afterwards.