The item below was published in July 2009. It was not the last time that Tim Korman was in the news. Details follow the original story.
Six weeks after a sexual harassment complaint was dismissed due to procedural errors, the RCMP officer at the centre of the issue was promoted.
Sgt. Tim Korman is currently stationed in Rosthern, Sask., but four years ago when he was a corporal in the Buffalo Narrows detachment he was accused of sexually harassing an officer under his supervision.
An investigation determined the allegation was well-founded, but a discipline process related to the complaint was terminated because the Saskatchewan commander at the time, Darrell McFadyen, botched the paperwork.
The rest of the story from CBC.
Saskatchewan Mountie suspended for inappropriate behaviour, Canadian Press, June 19, 2014:
The commander of a northern Saskatchewan RCMP detachment has been removed from his post while the force investigates what it describes as inappropriate workplace behaviour.
Sgt. Craig Cleary says the staff sergeant in Meadow Lake was suspended with pay June 10.
…Cleary confirms it is the same Mountie who faced allegations in 2009.
Cpl. Tim Korman was accused of sexually harassing a female subordinate, but an RCMP review panel said in March 2009 it had no choice but to reject the complaint because the case took too long to be heard. A top Mountie in Saskatchewan also missed by one month the deadline to file the necessary paperwork needed to deal with the complaint…
Allegations against retiring RCMP commander won’t be heard, CTV Saskatoon, October 17, 2016:
Accusations of inappropriate workplace behaviour against a Meadow Lake RCMP commander won’t be tested following news the staff sergeant is retiring.
An internal RCMP hearing scheduled for next month to deal with allegations against Staff Sgt. Tim Korman, who is currently on medical leave, was recently cancelled because Korman is planning to retire before the hearing takes place. The allegations — he’s facing a total of five internal complaints — won’t be heard…
I know that most RCMP officers are fine public servants but the willingness of police management to defend and protect members whose behaviour is indefensible hurts the entire law enforcement profession.
It also hurts taxpayers.
Senior RCMP management failed to deal with many harassment complaints and that is costing taxpayers plenty. A class action settlement originally thought to involve 500 victims and a cost of $100 million, may now include 4,000 female employees. The final cost will be substantial.
The RCMP Commissioner Paulson apologized to victims, including the brave officers who led court action that resulted in the Merlo Davidson Settlement.
Unfortunately, according to Canadian Press:
…both Merlo and Davidson said they have begun to doubt his sincerity in light of recent damning reports about harassment in the force.
“Not only are they not changing, but they lack the will and ability to change,” Merlo said. “Hopefully, this court order will be what makes them change.”
Commissioner Paulson was replaced in 2017. On the way out, he demonstrated his low regard for Canadian taxpayers.
The new RCMP chief is Brenda Lucki but she faces a monumental task to alter a firmly established culture. Support for her by the federal government is doubtful since ministers and bureaucrats have promised change before now but done litgtle more than issue press releases.