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Charlottetown council taking more time to discuss Peter Kelly's future

Published on September 6, 2017

City of Charlottetown CAO Peter Kelly is photographed at City Hall late last week.

©Jim Day/The Guardian

Charlottetown city council won’t be making a decision on the future of Peter Kelly until later this month.

The current chief administrative officer (CAO) is said to have contravened Alberta’s Municipal Government Act by acting without council approval on a controversial land deal while serving as the CAO for Westlock County, according to a municipal inspection report released last week.

Kelly steadfastly denied the charges in an interview the next day with The Guardian.

The city issued a statement late Wednesday afternoon stating that Mayor Clifford Lee and council met behind closed doors on Tuesday night with a lawyer to review the municipal inspection report.

It was decided that more time is required to thoroughly review the details in the report and discuss at greater length with all members of council.

The city basically has three options – keep Kelly on as its CAO, let him go with 18 months pay or negotiate another settlement.

Kelly joined Charlottetown as its CAO last year.

The city’s statement on Wednesday indicated that further comment from the corporation would be offered on the matter by the end of the month.

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