Poll: municipal recall

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Ground rules implemented behind the scenes at Kamloops City Hall are receiving mixed reviews after a third-party investigator found that Mayor Reid Hamer-Jackson repeatedly used his office to threaten the work of the city's CAO and attempted to influence other municipal hiring decisions.

In February 2023, the City of Kamloops hired a lawyer from a Vancouver firm to conduct a third-party investigation following an incident in which staff overheard a loud argument between the mayor and a councilor at city hall.

An internal workplace investigation followed, and the city's human resources director subsequently identified the need for an external, third-party investigation.

The investigator, Terry Honcharuk of the Integrity Group, looked into allegations of “illegal and/or inappropriate conduct” on the part of the mayor made by four city officials – including city CAO David Trawin.

The confidential investigative report, obtained by Castanet Kamloops, concluded that Hamer-Jackson's behavior violated city council's code of conduct on multiple occasions.

Since then, certain measures have been implemented restricting how the mayor communicates with Trawin and some other city officials.

Mayor's behavior called 'aggressive'

Honcharuk found that Hamer-Jackson violated the code on eight occasions between November 2022 and April 2023 in relation to her interactions with Trawin. The report said the mayor was “offensive, demeaning, insulting or abusive” toward Trawin and exhibited “aggressive actions that threatened Mr. Trawin’s job security.”

The investigator also determined that Hamer-Jackson suggested that a councillor's son, who works in the city's community services department, be transferred to Kamloops Fire Rescue in an attempt to influence council votes.

Admittedly, Hamer-Jackson also attempted to hire one of his supporters and campaign workers as co-CAO, another effort that is detailed in Honcharuk's report.

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