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The Integrity Commissioner acts as an independent key advisor to Council on a range of important issues. The position is responsible for providing education and advice to Members of Council, and presiding over investigations of complaints.
Specifically, the Integrity Commissioner's functions include:
Who serves as the Integrity Commissioner?
Effective January 1, 2016, Town Council appointed Robert J. Swayze to act as the Integrity Commissioner.
The Integrity Commissioner is independent of Town Council and Town staff. Council will receive reports and updates which will become a matter of public record.
Policies and Legislation Governing the Conduct of Council Members
All elected officials at the Town of Milton must adhere to the following statutes:
Why has Council enacted a Code of Conduct in addition to the rules that already exist?
The Code is designed to complement existing municipal rules and regulations, rather than replace them. The Code describes principles and standards of behaviour that should be applied by Members of Council in all of their interactions and decision-making.
Complaints and Investigations
Will the Integrity Commissioner launch a full investigation on every complaint received?
Every call to the Integrity Commissioner will be noted and reviewed in some fashion. The decision to pursue an investigation into a possible breach of the Code of Conduct or other Town policy can only be made by the Integrity Commissioner based on the circumstances at the time of the complaint.
Will the Integrity Commissioner also review complaints against Town of Milton staff?
No. The Municipal Act, 2001, specifies that this role pertains to Members of Council only.
How can a person contact the Integrity Commissioner to ask for information or file a complaint?
Residents may contact Robert J. Swayze by:
Robert J. Swayze Town of Milton Integrity Commissioner 20736 Mississauga Road Caledon, Ontario L7K 1M7
What penalties or disciplinary actions are available to the Integrity Commissioner?
If the Integrity Commissioner undertakes an investigation following a public complaint and the findings confirm a breach of the Code of Conduct, appropriate penalties, as defined in the legislation, will be recommended to Council, and will become a matter of public record.