CORNWALL, Ontario - Seaway News has learned that two of the five recently-terminated municipal works employees will be returning to work.
Sources indicate the other three employees will be taking early retirement.
Sources confirmed the details Monday evening, but wished to remain anonymous as they are not authorized to speak on the matter.
The two returning employees have been suspended by the city for cases of so-called time theft, and could be back on the job by next week.
City council met behind closed doors Monday night to receive an update on the terminations.
The five individuals are sub-foremen, who oversee work completed by rank and file members of the municipal works department.
Sources indicate city councillors were notified of the firings in an e-mail a short time after the dismissals took place.
The city has not commented publicly on the dismissals, though city CAO Norm Levac indicated, in response to general questions, that the corporation takes complaints surrounding time-theft seriously.
Earlier this year the City of Hamilton turfed nearly 30 employees in its public works department for time theft, neglect of duty and breach of trust.
Managers in that city used GPS installed in municipal vehicles to track the whereabouts of employees and launch an investigation.
Many Cornwall municipal vehicles, up to and including police cruisers, are outfitted with GPS units.
More to come.