North Cowichan councillor Joyce Behnsen has been disciplined for bullying and harassing a municipal employee. (File photo)

Joyce Behnsen disciplined for bullying and harassing municipal employee

The North Cowichan councillor rejects investigation’s findings

“Corrective measures” have been imposed on Joyce Behnsen, a councillor in North Cowichan, for the bullying and harassment of a municipal employee.

Mayor Jon Lefebure read a statement at the beginning of a public budget meeting on Nov. 27 stating that the municipality had received complaints from one of its employee claiming to have been bullied and harassed by Behnsen between April and May, 2017.

Lefebure said North Cowichan hired an investigator and carried out an investigation of the allegations, and concluded that Behnsen’s conduct amounted to bullying and harassment of the employee.

“Coun. Behnsen was given the opportunity to respond, but she rejected it,” Lefebure said.

“Corrective measures have been imposed.”

Lefebure said the matter is considered confidential so he isn’t able to disclose the nature of the corrective measures, but confirmed that Behnsen is still a sitting councillor.

Behnsen said she is also limited as to what she can publicly say about the issue, but she has been standing up for the citizens of the municipality for many years, long before she was elected councillor.

She said the Community Charter states that councillors must always consider the well being and interests of the municipality and the community, and contribute to the development and evaluation of policies and programs of the municipality, while respecting its services and other activities.

“This is very important to me,” Behnsen said.

“I see myself as a representative of the people, but when I question staff about their performance on how the public is dealt with, it’s seen as bullying and harassment.”

After she spoke at Monday’s meeting in response to the statement read by Lefebure, she received applause from some members of the public in attendance.



robert.barron@cowichanvalleycitizen.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Alzheimer’s Awareness campaign challenges stigma

In January, residents of the Cowichan Valley are invited to take part in Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

Foul play suspected in death of 53-year-old man in Duncan

“We’ve had a loss in our community”: Cowichan Tribes chief William “Chip” Seymour

Caps stonewall opponents on successful trip

Defence and goaltending earn five points in three games

VIDEO: Nickelback gears up for nostalgia tour

Canadian band joins Stone Temple Pilots for a summer tour that includes just one stop in Canada

Province asks health-care staff to be ‘vigilant’ in screening for possible coronavirus cases

This comes after U.S. health officials confirmed a case of the virus in Washington State

Boy, 13, arrested after alleged assault involving girl at B.C. middle school

Boy alleged to have used ‘inappropriate levels of force’ to injure the girl

B.C. player becomes only second Canadian to enter Hall of Fame of Baseball

Walker received 76.6 percent of the Baseball Writers of America Association vote

PHOTOS: Heavy snowfall breaks window, causing avalanche into B.C. newsroom office

It was a chaotic start to the week for the Kitimat Northern Sentinel

Canadian law firm launches class action on behalf of Iran flight victims

Flight 752 was shot down by Iran shortly after take off

Mission Hill cellarman fired after mistakenly dumping $162K of wine down the drain

The former employee filed a grievance with the West Kelowna winery but was unsuccesful

Most Read