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Calgary Parking Authority GM, two managers fired

Three members of the Calgary Parking Authority management have been sacked after a suspected whistleblower investigation.

The city provided few details but did confirm that a search for a new GM is underway. In the interim, they have named Moe Houssaini as acting general manager.

Glen Furtado was the GM of the CPA for the past 30 months.

Doug Morgan, the City of Calgary’s GM of Transportation and temporary chair of the Calgary Parking Authority committee, couldn’t confirm the roles of the other two people, though it’s believed it was the organization’s HR manager and the facilities manager.

“What I can confirm is there’s three employees that are no longer with the parking authority,” he told LiveWire Calgary on Tuesday morning.

Morgan said he couldn’t confirm details around the dismissals. When asked about it being a part of an investigation, Morgan again could not provide comment.

Other Calgary Parking Authority layoffs

This news also comes as the Calgary Parking Authority confirmed operational changes resulting in nine other layoffs.

On Nov. 30, the positions of nine people within parking safety and compliance were eliminated. Patrol and dispatch duties were combined to “remove redundancies and uncover efficiencies,” the CPA said.

“Decisions such as this are difficult and are never the first option considered. It was in keeping with CPA’s commitment to responsible management of publicly owned assets,” said Acting GM Houssaini.

“It is important for the public to know that the level of service will not be affected, in fact we expect this decision will result in quicker response times.”

The decision was not related to the recent City of Calgary budget, and wasn’t done as a way to save labour costs, the CPA said.

Morgan confirmed that the search for a new GM would begin.

“They are continuing to provide great service to Calgarians; they continue their operations, even responding in a COVID world,” he said.