Brian Hirtle was employed with the company for many years, but Kings County’s deputy warden says he has no conflict of interest when dealing with matters concerning Michelin.
Following the May 6 Kings County council session where it was announced that council would be holding an in-camera meeting with Michelin, Hirtle was asked if he thinks he is in a conflict of interest when dealing with Michelin matters.
He said he had a “prosperous 34 years with them,” but he’s been retired for a number of years and is no longer affiliated with the tire maker in any way. Hirtle said he is not paid by Michelin and is “not in the inner circle.” His pension comes from a pension fund that is not administered by the company.
While he’s proud to have worked for Michelin in the past, he has “no connection to them as a company anymore,” he said.
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“It’s a bit of a bone of contention with me that people have planted that seed,” Hirtle said.
Michelin has a great reputation in Nova Scotia, he said, adding, “I’ll stand high on the hill so people understand they’ve been a great employer for our province.”
Hirtle pointed out the example of a fellow councillor who owns and operates a farm. This colleague is not in a conflict of interest when dealing with general agricultural matters. Likewise, he said he’s not in a conflict dealing with matters concerning Michelin because he has no direct affiliation anymore.
Read more about the potential Michelin expansion and impact on the municipal airport here.