Friday, May 27, 2016

City's Solicitor's Response to Open letter

The following is city solicitor Janice Atwood-Petkovski's response to the open letter from D. Scott McNie, found by clicking here. Ms. Atwood-Petkovski's response is posted verbatim:

Following the incident of February 26, 2014 referred to by Mr. McNie, in addition to reviews and investigations of the incident itself by the Integrity Commissioner and the Police, the following actions have undertaken:

· The Councillor rose publicly the next morning at General Issues Committee to address the meeting and publicly apologize to Mr. Joey Coleman for the incident the previous evening. The apology is archived on the City’s website in the audio/visual recording of the meeting and publicly available.

· A review of relevant Workplace policies and procedures was undertaken by City administration which resulted in revisions to the City’s Workplace Violence Prevention policy to include conduct exhibited by elected officials. Amendments were adopted by Council November 2015.

· A Council-directed comprehensive review is currently underway which includes a review of security video monitoring equipment as well as related policies and procedures, which will report back to General Issues Committee prior to the 2017 Budget cycle this fall. This review will look at current practices relating to security personnel as well as practices related to video surveillance systems.

Janice Atwood-Petkovski
City Solicitor
City of Hamilton

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