Guelph's Integrity Commissioner says he welcomes a planned charter to evaluate his performance in the part-time position, as the Municipal Act leaves a commissioner's responsibilities up to council.
"They can look at what council has assigned to me, things like my advisory role, investigations," said Robert Swayze, the Caledon-based lawyer who serves as Guelph's integrity commissioner.
Council voted in favour of a measure proposed by Coun. Cam Guthrie to "establish an evaluation procedure for reviewing" the commissioner's performance, at a meeting Oct. 28.
Until now, Swayze was subject to the Council Code of Conduct, a code he said should be a "living document" changed when new situations warrant.
"I'm very supportive of any review they want to do, whether it's of their document or my performance," Swayze said. "I'm an independent contractor - if council isn't happy then they should review my performance. But I'm not sure that all of council is not happy."
He was referring to a Sept. 2013 episode where Guthrie complained about the $2,800 Swayze billed the city for investigating a complaint against Coun. Maggie Laidlaw. Laidlaw apologized, ending the probe.
"Councillor Guthrie's had it in for me I guess," said Swayze, who also serves as integrity commissioner for eight other Ontario municipalities. "I don't know why he was critical of me for settling that (Coun.) Laidlaw complaint."
He said the investigation would have continued, incurring more cost, if Laidlaw had not agreed to apologize.