Campbell River, B.C. – The Strathcona Regional District (SRD) Board released its decision at the Inaugural Board meeting on November 6th to not indemnify Electoral Area B Director Noba Anderson.
Director Anderson’s costs incurred to defend against the petition filed by a number of Cortes Island electors seeking her disqualification for conflict of interest, will not be covered by the SRD.
Indemnification (as per the Local Government Act), is to pay the amounts required to defend against a claim, action or prosecution brought against an elected official.
Generally speaking, local governments have a responsibility to indemnify their elected officials against legal actions arising from performance of their duties of office. It also has the authority to deny indemnification when elected officials have failed to comply with the Board’s indemnification bylaw or have acted in contravention of the conflict of interest rules applicable to local government officials through their Oath of Office, SRD Code of Conduct bylaw and/or Local Government Act.
“No Board likes to have to go through this type of process especially when it deals with one of its own members. We recognize the impact this has had on Director Anderson, members of the Board and staff and the residents of Cortes Island” says Strathcona Regional District Chair Michele Babchuk. “Its been a tough year with processes and challenges that this Board has never dealt with before, and this was not an easy decision for the Board. We look forward to putting this behind us and serving all the constituents of the SRD.”
The Board understands from the Nov 18 Campbell River Mirror article, that Director Anderson is considering her legal options on this issue. We would like to respect her right to any further legal process and will not comment or add any more detail at this time.
The Strathcona Regional District Board is cognizant of the role of governance and strives to uphold the rules of confidentiality.
The Strathcona Regional District is a partnership of four electoral areas and five municipalities providing services to approximately 44,000 residents.
Tom Yates, Corporate Services Manager
Strathcona Regional District
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