Intitial investigation by MACA shows no wrong-doing in Hay River
Yellowknife, N.W.T. - The Department of Municipal and Community Affairs has wrapped up its preliminary interviews when it comes to the situation involving Hay River's bureaucratic affairs.
A joint team from Yellowknife and Fort Smith were in the town to talk with all of the major players involved, including former mayor Kelly Schofield, who made the accusations, former deputy mayor Mike Maher and the town's administration.
The interviews were to get to the bottom of the situation and see if there was any truth to the allegations, which included a breach of confidentiality within council and a misappropriation of municipal money.
MACA's deputy minister, Tom Williams, said right now, there is no evidence of that.
“We wanted to make sure that these allegations, because it’s of a serious nature when you’re talking about misappropriation of funds, were looked at and to make sure there was no illegal activity going on,” he said. “Based on our findings and discussions on Friday, there wasn’t any.”
Williams said investigators will be back in the town on March 12 for a second meeting with the town's administration to go over the town's by-laws.
He added there most likely won't be a full-blown investigation, but recommendations for the future are likely to come out of the final report.
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