The City of Edmonton strives to ensure that decision-making is transparent and that City Council and Administration are accountable to citizens. An additional step towards ensuring a high ethical standard is the addition of an independent office that is focused on the conduct and integrity of elected officials.
The City’s new integrity office will be comprised of two positions: an Integrity Commissioner and an Ethics Advisor. The Ethics Advisor will provide proactive advice and guidance to Councillors, and the Integrity Commissioner will be a mechanism for resolution of complaints and investigation when required.
The Ethics Advisor will not be a City of Edmonton employee. Rather, the individual appointed by Council will be an independent contractor retained through a professional services agreement for up to a four-year term, with the possibility of extensions to a maximum of eight years.
In addition, the successful candidate must meet these requirements:
No official dealings or employment with the City;
No professional conflict with the City or individual Councillors;
No financial interest in work undertaken by the City;
No involvement in City political campaigns and/or endorsements, or related conflict of interest; and
No familial or professional relationship with any Councillor.
The Ethics Advisor will be paid an annual retainer of $24,000 (pro-rated for the remainder of 2018), in addition to an hourly fee for service of $200. Although it is unknown how many hours of work will be required by this position, the estimate is 80 to 100 hours per year.