A London city councillor will push for the Integrity Commissioner to conduct a formal inquiry into the affair between Mayor Matt Brown and Councillor Maureen Cassidy.
The motion from Councillor Josh Morgan will head to the Corporate Services Committee on Monday afternoon. Newly minted Integrity Commissioner Greg Stewart met with Brown last week after it was revealed he’d had an extramarital affair with Cassidy. As Stewart was acting in a strictly advisory capacity, any recommendations made to Brown won’t be made public.
Morgan’s motion calls for a formal investigation and for whatever results and recommendations Stewart makes to be made public.
As for Stewart, he told AM980 last week that in order for him to begin an investigation several criteria must be met.
“It has to be a formal complaint in the context that it outlines what the issue is, what the basis is and someone attaches their name to it and requests that I look into it,” Stewart said.
There are also steps he must take after he receives the formal complaint before he begins to probe the case, including establishing whether he feels the issue warrants an investigation at all and if so, what kind.
Stewart said his assessment could range from asking the interested parties questions all the way up to a formal public inquiry.
“Clearly it’s an issue that there’s enough concern out there that I have to look at it and I have to give consideration to it,” Stewart said. “I’ve had all sorts of emails and they’ve gone from serious questions to some that were quite frankly a little odd.”
Stewart was appointed to the role of integrity commissioner just last month.
He’s been hired for a three-year term to investigate City Hall concerns on an as needed basis for $250/hr plus expenses.