The Integrity Commissioner is responsible for administering the City’s Code of Conduct and to assist in maintaining high ethical standards at the City of Barrie. The Integrity Commissioner is an independent accountability officer given authority under the Ontario Municipal Act and the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act.
The Integrity Commissioner ensures all Members of Council and its Boards and Committees follow the City’s Code of Conduct, and handles matters when a section of the Code is violated. This includes:
All elected officials and appointed committee members are required to follow the City’s Code of Conduct. If a Council Member/Committee Member appears to have violated a section of the Code, a complaint can be submitted to the Integrity Commissioner. Any member of the public, staff, any organization, as well as other Members of Council, can file complaints under the Code. Complaints pertaining to a perceived violation under the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act must be made within six weeks of the alleged violation. Complainants may decide to use an informal or formal procedure to file a complaint. The complaint protocol does not allow anonymous complaints, or withholding the complainant’s name from the Council Member.
The informal complaint procedure allows the Integrity Commissioner to have an informal discussion with the Member of Council/Board/Committee to resolve the issue. If the Integrity Commissioner determines the complaint is legitimate and the Code has been violated, the informal process will begin.
A formal investigation is undertaken if the complainant wishes to forego the opportunity for a resolution of the complaint through the informal complaint mechanism.
Upon completion of an investigation, the Integrity Commissioner shall report to the complainant and the member on the results of his/her review within 90 days of receiving a complete Complaint Form/Affidavit. Once the report has been received, Council will determine what actions will be taken.
Each year, the Integrity Commissioner is required to provide an annual report to Council on the activities of the Integrity Commissioner. Recent reports issued by the Integrity Commissioner can be found below.
Each year, the Integrity Commissioner publishes a report discussing complaints received and disposed of and general terms of advice.
If a complaint is filed, the Integrity Commissioner must submit a report to Council outlining the violations made and any recommendations.
The Integrity Commissioner does not have any authority over City employees. City employees are subject to a separate Code of Conduct. The activities of the Integrity Commissioner relate only to the Code of Conduct for Council, Local Boards, and Council Committee members.
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