CK Mayor Randy Hope outside the Chatham courthouse, Oct. 18, 2013. (Photo by Ashton Patis)

OPP Anti-Rackets Investigating Mayor

The OPP Anti-Rackets department is investigating Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy Hope at the request of the local police chief.

The investigation started in October of 2013 after allegations of wrongdoing in the St. Clair College Capitol Theatre Annex deal surfaced.

“The allegations surround breach of trust and specifically a couple of properties in the municipality,” says OPP Detective Staff Sgt. Tom Whittaker. “There’s a couple (properties), two. It’s the capitol theatre property and I believe there’s some property adjacent to that.”

Former Mayoral Candidate Ian McLarty launched a civil suit against Hope alleging a conflict of interest in the St. Clair College Capitol Theatre Annex deal, but a judge decided there was no wrongdoing.

For details of the the St. Clair College Capitol Theatre Annex grant and court battle click here.