Code of Conduct Purpose and Intent

The Council and Committee Code of Conduct is to establish standards of conduct for Members of Council, Local Boards and Committee Members in the individual conduct of their official duties. These standards will help protect and maintain the Township of Cramahe's  reputation and integrity.

Maintaining a high quality of public administration and governance can be achieved in part by encouraging high standards of conduct on the part of Township officials. The public is entitled to expect the highest standards of conduct from members that are elected or appointed to serve their local government. 

A written Code of Conduct helps to ensure that the members of Council share a common basis of acceptable conduct.  These standards are designed to supplement the legislative parameters within which the members must operate.  They are intended to enhance public confidence that the Township of Cramahe's elected and appointed officials operate from a basis of integrity, justice and courtesy.  Cramahe's Code of Conduct regulates a wide range of conduct by elected and appointed officials.

 ROBERT J. SWAYZE  has been appointed as the Integrity Commissioner for the Township of Cramahe.  

 Role of the Integrity Commissioner
An integrity commissioner is independent and impartial, and reports directly to Council. In addition to specific powers and duties that Council may choose to assign, the core functions of an integrity commissioner are set out in the Municipal Act, 2001.
 Responsibilities of the Integrity Commissioner
  • Providing advice to Council on the Code of Conduct for Members of Council and on Codes of Conduct applicable to members of the Townships committees and local boards
  • Providing advice to Council on the development of procedures, rules and policies of the municipality governing the ethical behaviour of members of Council and of local boards
  • Acting as a proactive educator for Council and local boards, the Civic Administration and the public
  • Serving as an advisor to individual members of Council and local boards in relation to the applicable Code of Conduct and any procedures, rules and policies of the municipality governing their ethical behaviour, including the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act
  • Receiving and reviewing complaints about breaches of ethical behaviour including conflict of interest matters, and seeking an appropriate resolution in each case
  • Where it is in the public interest to do so, conducting formal investigations and making findings and recommendations to Council or the applicable local board
  • Providing periodic reports to Council, summarizing their activities and summarizing important developments in the field
 Township of Cramahe Integrity Commissioner Robert J. Swayze
 

Robert J. Swayze  - Currently serves exclusively as Integrity Commissioner for multiple municipalities, which started in 2008 with his appointment in Oakville. He specializes in municipal law and has practiced almost exclusively in that field since his call to the bar, both in private practice and through his employment with two GTA municipalities.  The balance of his career has been in private practice in the municipal field, acting for both the public and private sector. This extensive experience has given him a unique understanding of the complex issues facing municipalities as well as the vast array of day to day problems which arise in a political environment. He has a wide-rang of experience in advising councils in all areas of municipal law and as Integrity Commissioner in all areas of accountability and transparency.

 

ROBERT J. SWAYZE
Administration Office
20736 Mississauga Road, Caledon, Ont. L7K 1M7
Phone (519) 942-0070

Fax (519) 942-1233 

Email robert.swayze@sympatico.ca

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