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October 5, 2005
Statement by City Manager Shirley Hoy -- City announces dismissal of two City of Toronto staff
  
An investigation by the Auditor General has resulted in a decision by the City
to dismiss Pamela Coburn, Executive Director of Municipal Licensing and
Standards, and Joseph Carnevale, Director of Investigations for misconduct and
violations of the City's Conflict of Interest policies. A complaint was brought
to the City's attention through the Fraud and Waste Hotline.

The City administration has put many changes in place over the past three
years. Many of these changes have assisted the City administration in becoming
more accountable for the services delivered to residents. The Fraud and Waste
Hotline, for example, has been an important tool for the detection and
investigation of any possible breaches of City policies.

While the overwhelming majority of the City’s more than 50,000 staff works with
integrity, service to the public is protected when action is taken in cases
where staff have been found to act in a manner that breaches City policy.

A number of serious allegations about City policies and practices have been
reported in the media. All allegations received are reviewed and dealt with
appropriately by the Auditor General. Steps are also underway to strengthen the
City’s policies and guidelines for hiring temporary staff -- work that began
last spring.

Until permanent staffing takes place, Deputy City Manager Fareed Amin has
appointed Richard Butts to be acting Executive Director of Municipal Licensing
and Standards. A decision about the appointment of an acting Director of
Investigations will be communicated in the near future.

Brad Ross,
City of Toronto Media Relations,
416-392-8937



 

 

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