Code of conduct up for debate
Council also to look at one councillor’s alleged breach
A Halifax regional councillor is looking to add some teeth to the municipality’s code of conduct for elected officials, and his motion is coming to the same meeting where councillors will debate the conduct of one of their colleagues.
Coun. Tony Mancini has a motion coming to council on Tuesday asking for a review of Administrative Order 52, the code of conduct for councillors. It’s something he said he’s wanted to do since he first signed the document.
Councillors are also set to have an in-camera debate Tuesday on “Dealing with Complaints under the Code of Conduct Policy.”
The municipality told Metro it has 13 outstanding complaints under the policy, though it will not confirm which councillors are subject of those complaints or whether they’re all related.
Metro knows of at least three complaints directed at Coun. Matt Whitman, who used the word “negro” during a television news interview. Whitman apologized in council chambers, but that doesn’t stop any ongoing complaint processes.
“In no way is my intent to bring this forward focused on any individual councillors,” Mancini said.
Mancini’s motion asks for a staff review that would examine: the sections governing interpersonal behaviour and community representation; a possible requirement that the code be reviewed annually; an update on HRM’S request that the province allow the municipality “to censure Members of Council by remitting remuneration” for breaching the code; and a recommendation regarding the creation of an integrity commissioner for HRM.