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' G. C. DERRICK'S CASE
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To thc- Editor.
Sir,-Enclosed herewith please fin 1 tho letter received by me from tl i Broken Hill City Council in regard tc
my dismissal which 1 desire you 1 publish in lull,
j In brief reply to sanie I beg to giv j a complete denial ot the statement
made by the Council. Further as t the statements referring to me whilf in the Broken Hdl Council's omplo\ I have never once been called on t answer any one of them, and the pr< sent is tho first tim« mich have eve been brought under my no ice. If th ! Council, as stated in" the letter, wa ! of opinion that I was not properly fu] j filling my duties, why did they no
j then, when I was in their employ, ca!
on me to answer sume?
Re tile statements referring to ni; employ on the Junee Council: Thos statements arc untrue. Never ore was I called on to resign my positioi as health inspector to tho Junee Coun eil. I voluntar ly tendered my resig nation to the said council, giving th required ono month's not.ee tcrnvnatinj my service. líe my "financial deal inga": There are two sde^ to t-arl issue, and although thc Broken Hil Council only desires to hear the om side, it may or mar not be informatioi for them ito know that the June» Municipal Council to-day owes me ove; !£30 for services rendered in thc cap
acitv of inspector of slaughtcr-housci to the Illabo Shire Council. Tho Bro I ken Hill Council well knows that il
a servant of the council fails to account for any money* the council must, un- der the provisions of the Local Gov- ernment Act, prosecute the sad ser- vant. Have the Broken Hill Counçi; ever made inquiries to ascertain whether or not I was ever prosecuted for any "financial dealings" whilst it the employ of the Junee Council? Ii
Ko my "scandal": "When the Broken Hill Council gives me details of the same I will reply to it. At the present time I can only deny any knowledge of anything of such kind ;. possibly thev arc- still making official inquiries and awaiting official reports. However, were the reports official? Or were they from Mr. Patrick J. Griffin, town clerk. Junee? I will now conclude, and enjoy my pc-rmiss ble occupation of a laborer : which shows how the Coun- cil withheld its information "in my in- terest," and with a view of not pre- judicing my future employment any more than possible. The aldermen's generosity I quite understand. How- ever, according to British law ore is innocent unHl proved to he otherwise; I therefore live in hope that the nest municipal elections will give me a chance to meet my informers and ac- cusers face to face, when the evidence of both sides will be heard and
I am. etc,
GEO. C. DERRICK
The following is tho letter from tht Council to Mr. Derrick, which Mr Derrick forwards with the request foi publication :
Sir.-'"TJlie tenor of your several let. ters in the local press in regard tc your dismissal from the Council's em- ploy is such as to call for some slight attention from this Council. The .pur. port of such letters is evidently to mis- lead the public into believing that thc sole reasons actuating the Council in dispensing with your services are those set out in the resolution, and no other reasons upon whtjjh your dismissal wai based exist. That there are other and sufficient reasons exstent you well know, and the reason why such have been withheld from the public has been conveyed to you in former communica- tions from this Council, viz., in your in- terest, and with a view of not* pre judicinjr your future employment any more than possible. But apparently the generosity of the members of thia Council has been misunderstood by
.'With a view of removing any mis- conception that may be existing in your mind as to the attitude of mind as- sumed by the members of the Council,
and the nature of the information ava l 3ble to them, which, taken in con- junction with facts coming under their notice from day to day, confirmed them in the course of action they adopted, it was resolved at last meeting of tho Council that you should be communi- cated with and given the full reasons weighing with thc aldermen when as- senting .to your dismissal from this Council's service. Jn accordance with such instructions, therefore, these aro briefly as follows:
"1. The effecting of economy in tho work ng of the inspectorial staff with- out lessening of efficiency so far as prac- tical results achieved. Salaries paid were out of all proportion to results attained, which it was thought in the public interests could not be allowed to continue. Subsequent results have fully justified the Council's action, proving that, with plan of work ar- ranged, to suit altered conditions, ; equally effective work can be done with ; les= inspectors.
I "2. Want of continuous interest and : attention by you to your duties dur-
ing at least a fair portion of the hours of your working day. When you com- menced duties in the service of the Council you exhibited alertness, <]>'.
pence and application in keening w:*"i your undoubted ability and knowledge of your work, with the result that you rendered faithful and valuable serv er to the Council. Towards the close of your term, however, your work .was spasmodically done, there being no continuous application on your part. A considerable portion of tho day was taken up with loitering and meander- ing around tho office and streets, an'l too little given to proper and system-
"3. Ineffie'ency manifested, due largely to ,inspections being hurriedly and carelessly made, resulting in no ' tices being given to construct works al-
ready in existence, to carry out works
on l.nes much moro extensive than was : subsequently found necessary, the im I proper seizure of food which might eas-
ily nave resulted in claims being suc- cessfully made against this Council.
"4. Lack of loyalty, both to tho Council >and to thc officiai hoad to whom you were immediately answer- able. Without loyalty among tho staff of thc Council the operations can I' not be effectively carried on. Wbero
such a feeling is found to exist an im- perative duty rests on the Council to i find out where the trouble lies and re
I move it. Your charges against Mr.
Brosnan, the manner in which you j joined forces with out.-.ide bod es, and
the statements made in tho press, are | very positive instances of the rectitude of the Council's judgment on the mat- ter. If an employee develops at- titude of mind antagonistic to thc ser- vice, he should either leave tho service
or I« removed.
"5. Representations nnule to the* Council reflecting on your personal and professional character and conduct whilst in the employment of tho Junco Council, and pri-.-r thereto, as a result of which conduct you were called upon to resign fmui your position :i< san- itary inspector with the Junee Coun- cil, and were not granted a testimonial from the council when leaving. The communications and reports in question directly reflected on your financial dealings whilst in the employ of tho Junee Council, and accounting for cer j tain moneys of such couno'l, as well as Imaking reference to a scandal arising
out of certain actions by you whilst resident at Junee. Although the com*
nniii ¡cations were official and bearing the imprimatur of authenticity, the Council did not accept the statements inado herein without making further inquiries. These inquiries, supported by certificates obtained from tho proper source, not only confirmed the state- ments mado in the official letters, hut showed that the matter adverted to by thc scandal did not finish at Junco, but continued its history at Broken Hill during the first portion of your residence here. Such a course of action may be permissible in tho em- ployment of a laborer, or person carry- ing little responsibility, but in tho tuso of a sanitary inspector, possessing tho wide rights of entry and general priv- ileges that ho does, such conduct when known amounts to disqualification. The Council, who after all are responsible for the actions of their officers, must protect themselves. This they did in your case. '
J. H. WICKS, Mayor.
J. N. JONAS, Town Clerk. Mr. Geo. C. Derrick,
P.O., Auburn, Vic.