The municipality says the evidence against Easton was overwhelming following a disciplinary hearing where several witnesses had testified.
“However, Easton unexpectedly tendered his resignation effective April 30. The municipality accepted the resignation, which brought an end to the employment relationship, and the purpose of the disciplinary hearing was mooted,” the municipality said.
The municipality added Easton was legally entitled to receive all benefits accrued to him prior to his resignation, which include accumulated leave days and an old outstanding bonus dating back to the 2014/15 budget year.
“The total cost of proceedings is yet to be finally calculated. The municipality has a constitutional imperative to investigate misconduct and to discipline staff and the cost could not be avoided."