Senior government official accused of assault

A can of pop and rocks involved in allegations against education department employee

Senior government official accused of assault

A senior government official in the Northwest Territories has been charged with assault with a weapon.

Tanya McCauley, a superintendent for the Northwest Territories’ education, culture and employment department in the Sahtu region, has been accused of using a can of soda and rocks to assault a man in Norman Wells on July 9, according to a CBC report.

McCauley was released after being charged. She was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim and to stay at least 50 meters from his home and workplace. She is scheduled to appear in court in Norman Wells on Sept. 2.

McCauley’s job entails directing “the planning, delivery and management of a broad range of employment, social, educational and immigration programs and services,” according to the territorial government’s website. She oversees a budget of around $3.6 million, CBC reported. The annual salary for her position ranges from $116,630 to $166,608.

While this is McCauley’s first trip through the criminal justice system, it is not the first time she has been involved in a court action, CBC reported.

Last year, the Royal Bank of Canada discontinued a lawsuit against McCauley and her partner, a regional superintendent with another territorial government. The bank alleged that McCauley and her partner owed $281,001 on a line of credit and $38,638 in credit card debt. The discontinuation of the lawsuit indicates that a settlement was reached, CBC reported.

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