Richmond Hill Council has appointed Charles A. Harnick Q.C., of ADR Chambers Inc., as its new Integrity Commissioner effective May 12, 2021.
The Integrity Commissioner’s duties include providing impartial, third party, professional advice to Council and responding to any compliance issues and matters relating to their ethical responsibilities and obligations under the Council Code of Conduct.
Mr. Harnick is a mediator, arbitrator and investigator with ADR Chambers. He served as Attorney General of Ontario from 1995 to 1999 and Minister Responsible for Native Affairs. He was an elected member of the Ontario Legislature from 1990 to 1999. In 1991, Mr. Harnick was certified as a specialist in civil litigation. He was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1992 and in 2005, he was awarded the Law Society Medal. He currently also serves as Integrity Commissioner for the Municipality of Leamington, City of Kawartha Lakes, Haldimand County, Township of Larder Lake and the County of Dufferin.
Council considered the applications for the appointment during the Closed Session portion of Special Council meetings held on April 19 and 21, 2021, and formally appointed the Integrity Commissioner during a Special Council meeting on May 5, 2021.
Under the Municipal Act, 2001, all municipalities are required to appoint an Integrity Commissioner to promote accountability and transparency between Members of Council and the public. Richmond Hill has retained the services of an Integrity Commissioner since 2010. For more information, visit RichmondHill.ca/Integrity.