Hamilton hires former integrity commissioner for new city position

News Mar 31, 2015 Hamilton Mountain News

By Kevin Werner, News Staff

Hamilton will have new integrity commissioner earlier than scheduled.

Politicians at their March 30 general issues committee meeting approved municipal affairs lawyer George Rust-D’Eye for both the integrity commissioner and lobbyist registrar positions beginning May 1. The Lobbyist Registry does not take effect until Aug. 1, 2015.

The integrity commissioner is a one-year term, while the lobbyist registrar is a two-year term.

Rust-D'Eye will receive a $1,500 per month retainer, and $18,000 annually as the city's integrity commissioner. For the lobbyist position, he will receive a $583.33 per month retainer, and $7,000 annually. In addition, there will be a $150 hourly rate.

The city received 47 applications, and three of them were interviewed by a panel that included politicians, and senior city staff.

Politicians will vote on the recommendation at their April 8 council meeting.

Earl Basse, the city’s integrity commissioner, announced he is stepping down effective April 30. He has told the city any outstanding reports will be completed before he leaves office.

Hamilton councillors appointed Basse, a former inspector with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, on Jan. 1, 2010.

Rust D’Eye has had a wealth of experience working with various municipalities over the years. He was with the Toronto firm Weir Folds LLP until 2013, and is a renowned municipal law expert having written a number of books on the subject. From 1973 to 1989 he was the city of Toronto’s in-house legal expert, and for the last three years of his term he was the city’s solicitor.

Rust D’Eye was the Niagara Region’s integrity commissioner from 2013 to 2015, and he was Brampton’s interim auditor. Rust D’Eye was also Hamilton’s first integrity commissioner when he investigated a complained laid against former Stoney Creek councillor Brad Clark for leaking tapes to the news media involving Mayor Fred Eisenberger in 2009.

Basse’s tenure has been somewhat rough over the last year with councillors criticizing him for delays in completing reports. Basse has had medical issues recently that have prevented him from fulfilling his duties.

His last report involved the incident between journalist Joey Coleman and Ancaster councillor Lloyd Ferguson, which had been criticized for not being complete and for not talking to all the parties involved.

Hamilton hires former integrity commissioner for new city position

News Mar 31, 2015 Hamilton Mountain News

By Kevin Werner, News Staff

Hamilton will have new integrity commissioner earlier than scheduled.

Politicians at their March 30 general issues committee meeting approved municipal affairs lawyer George Rust-D’Eye for both the integrity commissioner and lobbyist registrar positions beginning May 1. The Lobbyist Registry does not take effect until Aug. 1, 2015.

The integrity commissioner is a one-year term, while the lobbyist registrar is a two-year term.

Rust-D'Eye will receive a $1,500 per month retainer, and $18,000 annually as the city's integrity commissioner. For the lobbyist position, he will receive a $583.33 per month retainer, and $7,000 annually. In addition, there will be a $150 hourly rate.

The city received 47 applications, and three of them were interviewed by a panel that included politicians, and senior city staff.

Politicians will vote on the recommendation at their April 8 council meeting.

Earl Basse, the city’s integrity commissioner, announced he is stepping down effective April 30. He has told the city any outstanding reports will be completed before he leaves office.

Hamilton councillors appointed Basse, a former inspector with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, on Jan. 1, 2010.

Rust D’Eye has had a wealth of experience working with various municipalities over the years. He was with the Toronto firm Weir Folds LLP until 2013, and is a renowned municipal law expert having written a number of books on the subject. From 1973 to 1989 he was the city of Toronto’s in-house legal expert, and for the last three years of his term he was the city’s solicitor.

Rust D’Eye was the Niagara Region’s integrity commissioner from 2013 to 2015, and he was Brampton’s interim auditor. Rust D’Eye was also Hamilton’s first integrity commissioner when he investigated a complained laid against former Stoney Creek councillor Brad Clark for leaking tapes to the news media involving Mayor Fred Eisenberger in 2009.

Basse’s tenure has been somewhat rough over the last year with councillors criticizing him for delays in completing reports. Basse has had medical issues recently that have prevented him from fulfilling his duties.

His last report involved the incident between journalist Joey Coleman and Ancaster councillor Lloyd Ferguson, which had been criticized for not being complete and for not talking to all the parties involved.

Hamilton hires former integrity commissioner for new city position

News Mar 31, 2015 Hamilton Mountain News

By Kevin Werner, News Staff

Hamilton will have new integrity commissioner earlier than scheduled.

Politicians at their March 30 general issues committee meeting approved municipal affairs lawyer George Rust-D’Eye for both the integrity commissioner and lobbyist registrar positions beginning May 1. The Lobbyist Registry does not take effect until Aug. 1, 2015.

The integrity commissioner is a one-year term, while the lobbyist registrar is a two-year term.

Rust-D'Eye will receive a $1,500 per month retainer, and $18,000 annually as the city's integrity commissioner. For the lobbyist position, he will receive a $583.33 per month retainer, and $7,000 annually. In addition, there will be a $150 hourly rate.

The city received 47 applications, and three of them were interviewed by a panel that included politicians, and senior city staff.

Politicians will vote on the recommendation at their April 8 council meeting.

Earl Basse, the city’s integrity commissioner, announced he is stepping down effective April 30. He has told the city any outstanding reports will be completed before he leaves office.

Hamilton councillors appointed Basse, a former inspector with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, on Jan. 1, 2010.

Rust D’Eye has had a wealth of experience working with various municipalities over the years. He was with the Toronto firm Weir Folds LLP until 2013, and is a renowned municipal law expert having written a number of books on the subject. From 1973 to 1989 he was the city of Toronto’s in-house legal expert, and for the last three years of his term he was the city’s solicitor.

Rust D’Eye was the Niagara Region’s integrity commissioner from 2013 to 2015, and he was Brampton’s interim auditor. Rust D’Eye was also Hamilton’s first integrity commissioner when he investigated a complained laid against former Stoney Creek councillor Brad Clark for leaking tapes to the news media involving Mayor Fred Eisenberger in 2009.

Basse’s tenure has been somewhat rough over the last year with councillors criticizing him for delays in completing reports. Basse has had medical issues recently that have prevented him from fulfilling his duties.

His last report involved the incident between journalist Joey Coleman and Ancaster councillor Lloyd Ferguson, which had been criticized for not being complete and for not talking to all the parties involved.