Integrity Commissioner

Integrity Commissioner

The United Counties of Prescott and Russell are required by the province of Ontario to establish a code of conduct for its Members of Council and appoint an Integrity Commissioner who reports to Council and who is responsible for the application of the Council Code of Conduct of the Corporation of the United Counties of Prescott and Russell.

Who is he?

Mr. John Saywell, Lawyer
Phone number: 613-872-2320
johnsaywell.commissaire@gmail.com

What are his Functions?

Pursuant to section 223.3 of the Municipal Act, the Integrity Commissioner is responsible for performing in an independent manner the functions assigned by the municipality with respect to any or all of the following:

  • The application of the code of conduct for members of council and the code of conduct for members of local boards.
  • The application of any procedures, rules and policies of the municipality and local boards governing the ethical behaviour of members of council and of local boards.
  • The application of sections 5, 5.1 and 5.2 of the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act to members of council and of local boards.
  • Requests from members of council and of local boards for advice respecting their obligations under the code of conduct applicable to the member.
  • Requests from members of council and of local boards for advice respecting their obligations under a procedure, rule or policy of the municipality or of the local board, as the case may be, governing the ethical behaviour of members.
  • Requests from members of council and of local boards for advice respecting their obligations under the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act.
  • The provision of educational information to members of council, members of local boards, the municipality and the public about the municipality’s codes of conduct for members of council and members of local boards and about the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act.

Who can Make a Complaint?

Any person who has reasonable and probable grounds to believe that a Member of Council of the United Counties of Prescott and Russell has contravened the Council Code of Conduct can make a complaint to the Integrity Commissioner.

How to Make a Complaint?

    1. A complaint must be submitted on the established Formal Complaint Form. The Form may be printed from the website or obtained from the Clerk’s Office.
    2. A complaint must be submitted to the attention of the Integrity Commissioner in a sealed envelope marked “private and confidential”.
    3. A complaint must contain the following information:
      1. Complainant’s name, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address;
      2. Original copy of the Formal Complaint Form;
      3. Original copy of the Additional Information Form (if applicable);
      4. Any relevant documentation; and
      5. Cheque for $100 made payable to “The Corporation of the United Counties of Prescott and Russell”.
    4. A complaint must be submitted by one of the following two options (a or b):
      1. by mail to:
        • John Saywell
        • Integrity Commissioner
        • P. O. Box 190
        • Hawkesbury ON K6A 2R8
      2. in person to:
        • Clerk or Chief Administrative Officer
        • United Counties of Prescott and Russell
        • 59 Court Street, P. O. Box 304
        • Room B-102
        • L’Orignal ON K0B 1K0

* Please note that a complaint filed with the Clerk or Chief Administrative Officer will be forwarded to the Integrity Commissioner without delay and without added comments.

Further information regarding the Office of the Integrity Commissioner and the Complaint Protocol may be obtained by referring to By-law 2018-60.

http://www.prescott-russell.on.ca/gouvernance/conseil_des_comtes/commissaire_a_l-integrite