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November 10, 2008
City to conduct new recruitment process for Integrity Commissioner
City Council has directed City staff to conduct a new recruitment process for Toronto’s Integrity Commissioner. In June 2008, the City announced that it had appointed Geri Sanson as the City’s new Integrity Commissioner, effective September 1, 2008.

The City and Ms. Sanson have agreed to cease negotiations. Due to significant practice commitments, Ms. Sanson has unfortunately come to the conclusion that she cannot devote an adequate amount of time to fulfilling her duties as the Integrity Commissioner and still meet her commitments to clients. Ms. Sanson is a highly qualified individual and during the course of the negotiations was committed to bringing the highest standard of independence, advice and ethics to the role.

“Geri Sanson is a highly respected lawyer and well known human rights advocate and we are sorry that Ms. Sanson will not be able to fulfil her appointment as Integrity Commissioner,” said Mayor David Miller. “It is regrettable we were unable to conclude this negotiation, but City Council remains committed to appointing a permanent Integrity Commissioner.”

Professor Lorne Sossin continues as the City’s Interim Integrity Commissioner at this time.

The role of Toronto’s Integrity Commissioner is to ensure that the codes of behavior and ethics governing the City’s elected officials are objectively communicated and applied. The Integrity Commissioner provides advice, complaint resolution and education to Council members and appointees of most of the City’s agencies, boards and commissions on the application of the City’s Code of Conduct and other by-laws, policies and legislation governing ethical behavior.

Toronto was the first city in Canada to establish an Integrity Commissioner in 2004 and David Mullan served four years in this position.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Don Wanagas, Office of Mayor Miller, 416-338-7134;
Patricia Trott, Strategic Communications, 416-392-8937,



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