Time To Move On But Not Forget Re: The Integrity Complaint
The integrity report from Commissioner Basse was accepted Wednesday’s Council meeting bringing closure to a process that has taken an amazing 178 days. The most often asked question is: “Was it worth it?” Notwithstanding the actual cost to the taxpayer the answer is that like most things in the real world this process produced some positive, neutral and negative results.
Some of the negatives were: The process took a ridiculous amount of time (and probably too many dollars)
to reach a conclusion. Also the report fell far short of expectations because it focused primarily on facts that while correct had absolutely nothing to do with the very specific allegations in the complaint. Another negative was that some are questioning how complete the investigation was since while they had firsthand knowledge they were never interviewed by the commissioner.
Two neutral results were: In the words of Councillor Sam Merulla “now having an independent investigation finding Bob guilty is an endorsement of Council's censure”. I include this as a neutral since we didn’t need an investigator to tell us something that was obvious to anyone with even a passing knowledge of the facts. The other neutral is that I get my money back.
Some of the positives were: The complaint process while flawed did work in the end. Also the integrity by-law has now been amended to include timelines. I believe our city needs a formal complaint protocol and while our process is evolving and still not perfect it is better than the one we had six months ago. I believe another positive is the dialogue surrounding this complaint has resulted in some people being more interested and involved in city issues and politics. More citizen interest and engagement is definitely a positive.
If Mayor Bratina seeks re-election “Was it worth it?” will be decided by the voters at the polls in the fall of 2014.
Now it is time to move on but not forget.