Montreal cop’s role as real estate big entrepreneur is ‘inappropriate’.
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MONTREAL — The Quebec government has expressed concern over a senior Montreal police official whose sideline gig is developing a multimillion-dollar housing construction project.
One of the force’s deputy police chiefs, Mario Gisondi, also happens to be president of a construction company that builds luxury homes in the Montreal area.
The provincial government says it’s bothered by the dual roles, given that police are currently investigating allegations of massive corruption in the province’s construction industry.
The construction investigation is being led mainly by the provincial police force — not the municipal force Gisondi serves. And police officers have every right to own the same businesses as other citizens.
Still, the province’s public security minister called the dual roles “inappropriate.”
“There’s nothing illegal but, considering the current circumstances, with (police investigating) the allegations in construction, the No. 3 in the Montreal police force has an important role and responsibilities that should take up most of his time,” said Jacques Dupuis, the security minister.
“That he could also be president of a construction firm, we should ask questions about that.”
For its part, the city said it would take a closer look at Gisondi’s roles. Jean-Yves Hinse, the city’s director of professional relations, said the situation merits some attention.
But Hinse pointed out that city employees are allowed to have a second job as long as their supervisor is aware and as long as it doesn’t interfere with their primary job. He said an employee could not, for instance, use city equipment or time on the job to do sideline work.
“Those two things are fundamental for all employees,” Hinse said. READ MORE HERE