“Gang of Six” launched unfounded investigations and committed confidentiality and privacy breaches while Barick was employed by City.
February 3, 2023 – The City of Brampton has apologized to David Barrick for “unfounded investigations and confidentiality and privacy breaches” while he was employed by the City from 2019 to 2022 as its Chief Administrative Officer (CAO).
The public apology says, “The City would welcome David back in a suitable position but he has decided to engage in other opportunities. As such, the City offers its best wishes for his future success.”
David Barrick was investigated by a third-party after complaints which cost taxpayers over $1,000,000 were made by former City employee Nikki Kaur, who made, what has been determined, to be unfounded claims about Barrick while he was CAO.
Kaur would go on to run against Patrick Brown in the recent municipal election where she was resoundingly defeated.
In an apology published on the City’s website on January 31, the full statement reads:
“The City unreservedly apologizes to Mr. Barrick for the unfounded investigations and associated confidentiality and personal privacy breaches he experienced during his tenure with the City.
The result of the independent third party investigations exonerated Mr. Barrick and confirmed he was in full compliance with the City’s policies, procedures, and all Bylaws. The City appreciates Mr. Barrick’s unwavering professionalism and fulsome cooperation during those processes.
The City of Brampton apologizes for the events that occurred leading up to and following Mr. Barrick’s departure from the City and regrets the reputational harm Mr. Barrick has experienced as a result.
The City would like to reiterate its gratitude to Mr. Barrick for his delivery of unprecedented investments in Brampton, and his leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic, during which time the City was independently recognized by Forbes and Macleans as one of Canada’s Top Employers and Canada’s Best Communities.
The City would welcome David back in a suitable position but he has decided to engage in other opportunities. As such, the City offers its best wishes for his future success.“
During his tenure at the City, David Barrick launched Brampton’s BHive Business Incubator, and enhanced Brampton’s Centre for Innovation through collaborative partnerships.
In addition, Barrick oversaw the electrification of Brampton’s transit fleet, and helped Council achieve their budget goals that provided a multi-year tax freeze for the City.
As a result of these efforts, Brampton was recognized as “Forbes Canada’s Best Employer Top 100” (as rated by employees) in 2020 and 2021, and named one of “Canada’s Best Communities” by Macleans.
In a recent interview with SuperbCrew, David Barrick commented that his priority as a leader is to use data to make informed decision-making in the public sector.
Barrick comments “There is a lot of data to sort through, what some people would consider tedious, but that allows public administrators to know if the municipality is on-point with purpose and budget. Things like key performance indicators, operational reviews, and assessing the functioning of the government as a whole and specific departments in an effort to increase transparency and efficiency“.