Role of the Integrity Commissioner (IC)
The Integrity Commissioner is an independent and impartial position that reports directly to Municipal Council and whose powers and duties are set out in the Municipal Act, 2001. The IC is responsible for oversight of the Code of Conduct for Members of Council, Committees and Local Boards.
Responsibilities of the Integrity Commissioner:
- Investigate complaints and alleged breaches of the Code of Conduct for Members of Council.
- Review the Code of Conduct for Members of Council and make recommendations.
- Serve as an advisor to individual Members of Council in relation to the Code of Conduct and any procedures, rules and policies of the municipality governing ethical behaviour, and educator for Council, Committees, Local Boards, Staff and the public.
- Provide reports to Council, summarizing activities.
- Provide individual investigative reports, as required, which will include background concerning a complaint and recommendations to Municipal Council with respect to a complaint
Code of Conduct - Complaint Procedure
Any person who has reasonable grounds to believe that a Member (Council, Committee or Local Board member) has breached this code may proceed with a complaint and request an investigation.
Closed Meeting Investigator
The Municipal Act also requires a municipality to appoint a closed meeting investigator to investigate complaints as to whether a municipality has complied with the requirements of Section 239 of the Act regarding open meeting requirements.
Any person may request an investigation as to whether a municipality or local board has complied with the statutory requirements outlined in the Municipal Act or its procedural by-law with respect to meetings being held in Public.
The Integrity Commissioner and Closed Meeting Investigator for Thames Centre is Mr. Mark MacDonald of Independent Resolutions Inc.