Kamloops council chaos continues as mayor stripped of spokesperson status

The mayor of Kamloops will no longer speak for the city after council passed a resolution stripping him of his position as its official spokesman.

The decision comes after more than a year of conflict between Mayor Reid Hamer-Jackson, council, and city staff, including allegations that the mayor has poor communication skills, won’t accept responsibility, ignores confidentiality protocols, and misunderstands the rules around conflict of interest.

Click to play video: '‘Really dark smoke’: Fire damages historic church in Kamloops '

‘Really dark smoke’: Fire damages historic church in Kamloops 

A report to council last month, by former Abbotsford mayor Henry Braun, found that without significant change in how Hamer-Jackson interacts with others, Braun is “not optimistic that there will be any improvement during the remainder of this term.”

Story continues below advertisement

The report, which comes with more than a dozen recommendations for improving the situation, says Hamer-Jackson’s position has consistently been that he has done nothing wrong, made no mistakes and has nothing to apologize for.

Breaking news from Canada and around the world sent to your email, as it happens.

The resolution made in a closed-door meeting on May 14 and described in a news release Tuesday says the mayor has “repeatedly demonstrated that he is not willing to reflect the will of council.”

Click to play video: 'New wildfire training centre coming to Kamloops'

New wildfire training centre coming to Kamloops

Under the resolution, the rotating deputy mayor for the month will be the official spokesperson for Kamloops.

“In face of challenges, our council remains confident in our ability to govern effectively and lead our city forward,” the statement from the city says.

“These measures signify Council’s resolve to maintain trust and transparency in our leadership. We will move forward with confidence and continue to put the interests of the community ahead of our own, knowing our actions will reinforce ethical governance.”


More on Politics

&copy 2024 The Canadian Press