CORNWALL, Ontario - Deputy fire chief Rob Hickley, one of two whistleblowers who is taking the city to court, has retired.
City human resources manager Dail Levesque confirmed to Seaway News Hickley made the decision.
"He has submitted his letter of resignation," said Levesque.
Hickley also made the announcement on his Facebook page Oct. 10.
"It's official. Retired, done," was posted to Hickley's Facebook account, presumably by him.
A stream of well wishes follows the Oct. 10 posting.
Emails and social media messages have been sent to Hickley, requesting comment, but there has been no response yet. His lawyer, Fay Brunning, has likewise not yet responded to a request to comment.
Hickley is going after the city and Mayor Bob Kilger with allegations of contravening the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act.
He issued a media release earlier this year where he came clean as a whistleblower.
"I have filed an application in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice against my employer, the City of Cornwall and Mayor Bob Kilger," Hickley said in a statement at the time. "I am seeking a determination for the electors of Cornwall, as to whether or not Mayor Kilger is in a conflict of interest under the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act.
Hickley has alleged that former CAO Paul Fitzpatrick interfered with the department’s hiring practices to ensure Kilger’s son was added to the payroll. He also accused the mayor of failing to declare a conflict of interest during council’s discussions of his complaint.
It's unclear what impact, if any, Hickley's retirement decision will have on the legal matters.