One of a series of redacted emails regarding Chilliwack City Coun. Sam Waddington’s expense claims that have been forwarded to the RCMP. (City of Chilliwack)

B.C. councillor’s expenses being sent to the RCMP

Decision to have expenses audited and shared with RCMP taken at special meeting of council

City of Chilliwack will be hiring an independent auditor to review Coun. Sam Waddington’s expenses in detail dating back to the beginning of his term, and refer the findings to the RCMP.

One of a series of redacted emails regarding Chilliwack City Coun. Sam Waddington’s expense claims that have been forwarded to the RCMP. (City of Chilliwack)

That was decided in a resolution passed at a special meeting of council, after council heard submissions from Coun. Waddington and his two legal counsel on the subject of the expenses, according to a city news release.

Mayor Sharon Gaetz and Coun. Ken Popove, who are also running for mayor along with Coun. Waddington, recused themselves from the discussion and voting Thursday on the audit motion, in order to avoid any conflict of interest.

“We chose to do so that there could be no suggestion it was an attempt to influence the election,” Gaetz said.

Any time something is referred to the RCMP it is “a very serious matter,” Gaetz added.

Mayor Gaetz, and Coun. Chuck Stam, both publicly asked questions about Waddington’s already authorized expenses, with each filing separate freedom of information (FOI) requests for details about out-of-town conferences and meetings.

READ MORE: Expenses under the microscope

A unanimous vote of council in August requested details about who he was meeting met with, why he was paying for elected reps who have their own expense accounts, and what value it offered for the taxpayer, to which Coun. Waddington responded with a lengthy report.

READ MORE: Mayor filed first FOI

Since then, some of the people Coun. Waddington stated in his report that he met with have come forward to say this is not true.

Coun. Waddington said after Thursday’s meeting that his next step will be to refocus on his mayoral campaign.

“I will be continuing to have good conversations around housing, and policing, and the many challenges we are facing in Chilliwack,” Waddington said.

“Everyone should be held accountable for their work,” the councillor said adding he will continue to offer full transparency.

But the ongoing discussion about almost $1,500 of his 2017 expenses, which has cost “tens of thousands” of dollars worth of city staff time gathering information, is “political,” he underlined.

“I don’t believe this effort is administrative, I believe it is political,” Waddington said. “And it’s going to be a very expensive endeavour for the city, so it will be up to the public to decide if this was the right course of action to take.”

According to the city release, council will have to “correct” information filed and disclosed to date under Section 168(1)(b) of the Community Charter, and disclose the six related email messages and amended minutes from the Sept. 4, 2018 Council meeting.


@CHWKjourno
jfeinberg@theprogress.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

One of a series of redacted emails regarding Chilliwack City Coun. Sam Waddington’s expense claims that have been forwarded to the RCMP. (City of Chilliwack)

Just Posted

Kelowna author releases 2nd book with stories of overcoming personal trauma

The launch for Diana Reyers’ Trauma to Recovery comes to Kelowna Sept. 21

That’s a wrap: 55+ BC Games conclude

The ending ceremonies to the week-long games were Saturday at the Rotary Centre for the Arts

Update: Father calls for better drug recognition after 8-year-old overdoses at Kelowna school

Noah Mills ingested an unknown substance Wednesday but is recovering well

VIDEO: Vancouver Island mayor details emergency response after fatal bus crash

Sharie Minions says she is ‘appalled’ by condition of road where bus crashed

Fewer trees, higher costs blamed for devastating downturn in B.C. forestry

Some say the high cost of logs is the major cause of the industry’s decline in B.C.

Federal food safety watchdog says batch of baby formula recalled

The agency says it’s conducting a food safety investigation

Road block was costly legal battle for Summerland

Resolving Garnet Valley dispute took six years

UVic president offers condolences after two students killed in bus crash

‘We also grieve with those closest to these members of our campus community,’ Cassels says

Coming Home: Penticton fire chief and disaster dog return from hurricane-ravaged Bahamas

The pair spent roughly one week on Great Abaco Island assisting in relief efforts

World champion snowmobile racer seeks public’s help after dirt bikes were stolen in Penticton

The bikes, valued at $25,000 and $11,000, were stolen from the back of a locked truck on Sept. 12

Newcomer Ferland lines up with sniper Pettersson as Vancouver Canucks camp opens

Ferland provides more depth and a scoring threat up front, Pettersson says

Intelligence official charged seemed to be ‘exemplar of discretion’: UBC professor

Professor Paul Evans says he served on Cameron Ortis’s doctoral dissertation committee

Most Read