City Approves Hiring Integrity Commissioner

The groundwork is set for the next London City Council to hire an Integrity Commissioner.

Council voted in favour of the proposal 13-2, ensuring the hire will happen after the October municipal election. Dale Henderson and Paul Van Meerbergen were to the only two to vote against the idea.

The city will hire an independent watchdog to enforce the updated code of conduct should any problems or complaints arise. However, the Ontario Ombudsman will continue to investigate all open meetings complaints.

It is expected the Integrity Commissioner will cost roughly $25,000 a year, but that number could increase based on the number of complaints investigated.

Other surrounding municipalities who have an Integrity Commissioner include Hamilton, Kitchener, Ottawa and Toronto.