Ontario’s second-longest serving mayor has been temporarily kicked out of Sarnia City Hall.
Council decided on Monday to relocate Mayor Mike Bradley’s office to the Sarnia Transit building until a new office can be built for him at City Hall away from staff.
Back in June, Council voted 6-2 to suspend Bradley’s pay for 90 days, which was a recommendation put forth by the city’s Integrity Commissioner Robert Swayze.
Swayze issued a scathing report after two former senior managers filed requests for an inquiry into Mayor Bradley, saying they resigned because of a toxic working environment at City Hall.
After investigating the complaints, Swayze ruled Bradley violated council’s code of conduct, finding his negative relationship with staff damaging to the city and recommending his pay be suspended for three months.
Council also recently stripped Bradley of his ability to communicate directly with city staff and his after-hours access to city hall.
Bradley previously voiced his frustration regarding the integrity commissioner’s report, calling the matter, “a political-driven witch hunt by a number of members of Council.”
A subsequent workplace investigation report by Mississauga human resources lawyer Lauren Bernardi said Bradley “engaged in harassing, bullying, and abusive conduct” toward four city employees. Two of the employees at the centre of the investigation were the focus of Swayze’s Code of Conduct report.
During Monday’s emotionally charged meeting, some members of the public heckled Council for continuing to punish Bradley.
He was first elected as mayor in Sarnia in 1988 when he was only 33-years-old.