WINNIPEG – Mayor Brian Bowman announced on Tuesday that a three member panel of councillors will review applications for Winnipeg’s first Integrity Commissioner.
The panel will be chaired by Deputy Mayor Mike Pagtakhan who will be flanked by Speaker Devi Sharma and Councillor Matt Allard.
“The appointment of an Integrity Commissioner is long overdue and it’s great to see the progress on the road to implementing the City of Winnipeg’s first Integrity Commissioner,” said Bowman in a statement. “This is one of many steps being taken at City Hall to ensure more openness and transparency for the public and councillors.”
The selection panel will review applications and report back to the mayor’s inner circle.
However this will not come cheap as the person selected will be provided with a yearly retainer fee of $25,000 along with being paid an hourly fee to a maximum of $200 per hour. The annual budget for the Office of the Integrity Commissioner will be set at $100,000.
The Integrity Commissioner will deal with perceived conflicts of interest by a sitting member of council and other matters related to councillors.
The person appointed will report directly to council for a minimum two-year renewable term.