Squamish council has issued a motion of censure against Councilor Eric Andersen for disclosing confidential information.
In a press release, District said council decided to issue a motion of censure against Councillor Andersen for disclosing confidential information in breach of his duty in section 117 of the Community Charter and section 3.5.1(a) and (b) of Council’s Code of Conduct Bylaw. District didn’t provide any more information about the disclosure of the information.
A Censure is a formal statement that Council is reprimanding one of its members for conduct that it considers unbecoming a member of Council and worthy of sanction. Council considered Councillor Andersen’s breach to be just that. As a result, Council resolved to apply certain sanctions in accordance with the District’s Code of Conduct Bylaw:
Reducing Councillor Andersen’s remuneration as required by section 7.1 of the District of Squamish Remuneration and Expense Bylaw
Revoking Councillor Andersen’s appointments to external and internal committees, boards, or commissions on which the Councillor is the District’s representative and to which the Councillor is appointed or sits at the pleasure of Council;
Removing Councillor Andersen from the Acting Mayor rotation;
Requiring Councillor Andersen to pledge to recommit respecting and complying with the District’s Council Code of Conduct Bylaw;
Maintaining the sanctions imposed for a period of 12 months.
“Council took the matter very seriously and would not have taken such actions over a minor concern. Council assures the community that due process and procedural fairness were followed,” the press release states.
In particular, the allegations were carefully and thoroughly investigated as per the process set out in the District’s Code of Conduct Bylaw, and Andersen was provided with a fair opportunity to participate in the process and to respond to the allegations prior to Council’s consideration of the censure motion.
Due to the confidentiality requirements provided for in section 117 of the Community Charter and provincial privacy legislation, Council members are not able to discuss the details of the matter. Council looks forward to putting this matter behind them so that it can turn its attention more fully to the needs and business of the District and community.
When contacted, Eric Andersen said he can’t speak on these matters.