June 25, 2014

Council member facing Ethics complaint

As published in The Erin Advocate

An unidentified member of Erin Town Council is the subject of a Code of Ethics complaint, CAO Kathryn Ironmonger announced at the June 17 council meeting.

The Code requires that the announcement be made, but that the identities of the member and the person making the complaint remain confidential.

Anyone can make a complaint under the Code, which covers a wide range of issues, including honesty, use of influence, use of Town property, acceptance of gifts, treatment of staff and the public, confidentiality and personal financial dealings.

The complaint has been reviewed by Integrity Commissioner Robert Williams, a retired political science professor who is on retainer to the Town and charges $125 per hour for his services.

He believes it is within the scope of the Code, so he will investigate and report to council as required within 90 days of the June 4 complaint, said Ironmonger.

The identities of those involved would be revealed at that time, along with recommended penalties if the councillor is found to have violated the Code. Council would vote on the penalties, which can range from an apology to a suspension of pay, but cannot include removal from office.