Working Group on Responsible Conduct

UBCM Executive has endorsed the formation of a collaborative working group to examine the issue of responsible conduct by local government elected officials. The formal creation of the working group follows on a 2016 resolution that was referred to the Executive for further policy work. The working group will initiate the policy work and UBCM Executive will provide a full report and recommendation to the membership at the 2017 Convention.

Resolution B70 (2016) had called on enabling legislation for the creation of local independent Integrity Commissioners β€œwho would serve the public and elected officials in an advisory, educational, and investigative role in the application and enforcement of Codes of Conduct.” At the suggestion of the Resolutions Committee this resolution was referred to the UBCM Executive. In its comments, the Resolutions Committee advised the membership as follows:

β€œthe issue of questionable conduct is an emerging policy area for local governments in BC and across the country. As the resolution suggests, the issue is multi-faceted and includes elements of education, advice, investigation and enforcement. Given the complexity of the issue, a thorough policy analysis should be undertaken before solutions are recommended. Rather than adopt a policy position endorsing an Integrity Commissioner concept at this time, it is recommended that the resolution be referred to the UBCM Executive. In cooperation with the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development and the Local Government Management Association of BC, additional policy work would be undertaken over the next 12 months and a full report and recommendation provided at the 2017 UBCM Convention.β€œ

In keeping with the Resolutions Committee advice, the working group, composed of staff from UBCM, the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development and the Local Government Management Association of BC, will undertake policy work on this matter.

UBCM will be seeking opportunities to engage with local elected officials in the agendas of the 2017 Area Association meetings.

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