Appearing on Hannity tonight, Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey said she wants local officials to be given “accountability” by an investigation into the way it was handled by city officials after a request by the Toronto Star two years ago.
Speaking on the same program, city manager John Livezey said that the report “does not bring anyone in the organization to justice,” and that “there is no accountability by the governing body.”
“I think it’s been vindicated today,” Jeffrey said of the probe, while Livezey said the council, not police, should have been involved.
“They have perpetuated the culture of covering up, lying and manipulation,” Jeffrey said of council.
Although Livezey says there’s no “collusion” going on, he admitted he supports chief Kathy Fletcher in the inspector general’s report.
“No one questions Chief Fletcher’s integrity or professionalism. She’s done a tremendous job.”
Last fall, the Toronto Star reported allegations against Fletcher that included repeated financial mismanagement. Two of her top aides resigned over the year as a result.
The independent probe said there were no criminal charges nor any allegations against Fletcher herself, but she acknowledged one personal financial irregularity case that she says she’s co-operated with police in.
Livezey also said he doesn’t have faith in all of the councillors.
“I think some of them are corrupt,” he said.
Livezey says the inspector general’s report “gives a lot of cover to the members of council that weren’t truthful about their conduct.”
He went on to say: “If you’re going to take a $11 million fraud investigation to the police, you need to come to us.”