A source at City Hall tells AM980 that the search for a long-rumoured integrity commissioner could soon be over.
Council members past and present have called for an integrity commissioner to investigate possible matters of misconduct.
In June 2015, council issued a Request for Proposals from candidates looking to fill the position.
However, in late January, council passed a resolution to cancel that request and move to a Confidential Targeted Recruitment Process.
Bill Coxhead with the City tells AM980 the difference is that civic administration is now seeking out the candidates rather than accepting proposals.
“Council looks at the candidates and the results of that process are confidential in nature. So it’s facilitated by the administration, but council will ultimately decide whether to appoint any particular integrity commissioner.”
Coxhead adds that he doesn’t believe the process would last more than a year.
However, a source at City Hall says the process is close to completion.
The integrity commissioner would function independently from staff, and would have different powers than that of the ombudsman.
A release from the City last June said that the integrity commissioner will be appointed for a two-year term, with a possible extension for two additional two-year terms.
Recently, questions have been raised over the Mayor’s Poverty Panel and a decision to hire Matt Brown’s campaign manager during his 2014 mayoral bid to do work for the panel.
Jeff Sage of Sagecomm was paid $9,266 for his firm’s work on producing the panel’s final report.
Brown has distanced himself from the decision, saying he was not a part of it.
“The decision would have been made at the staff level. There would be purchasing policies that need to be followed and it’s at arm’s length from my office,” said Brown. “This company has done good work for the city long before I was in office.”
Sage says it’s his understanding that city staff brought forward a recommendation to hire Sagecomm because of their relevant experience with the City of London and non-profit organizations.
“Any business that we’ve done with the City of London is completely separate from any elected official or the Mayor’s Office. We’ve never done business with the Mayor’s Office.”