Stewart will bring in 12-month cooling-off period for departing City of Vancouver senior staff
Vancouver - Premature hiring of senior city hall staff by corporations doing business with the City of Vancouver will come to an end under his leadership says independent mayoral candidate Kennedy Stewart.
If elected mayor, Stewart plans to bring in new rules similar to those at the federal and provincial levels of government preventing private sector businesses working with the City of Vancouver from hiring senior staff in the 12 months following the staffer’s departure from city hall.
“In my first 100 days as mayor, I will bring in new rules to ensure developers and other city contractors are prohibited from hiring senior staff members for a cooling-off period of 12 months,” says Vancouver mayoral candidate Kennedy Stewart. “Senior civil servants have valuable knowledge and relationships that can potentially create unfair and profitable advantage for their new private sector employers, simply because of the position they currently occupy with the city.”
Corporations violating the 12-month cooling-off period would be suspended from selling goods or services to the City of Vancouver. As well, the city would suspend the processing of development or other permits for firms flouting the cooling-off period. The length of the suspension would be up to 12 months.
“When a senior bureaucrat leaves their city hall office on Monday to take a new role on Tuesday with a private firm that does business with the city it undermines the special position of trust with the public that senior staff have,” says Stewart. “Given the huge amounts of money at stake, the new rules I am promising are urgently needed to ensure firms doing business with the city are prohibited from the unsavoury pursuit and premature hiring of senior staffers.”
On May 24, Stewart announced his plan to establish new rules imposing a mandatory one-year cooling-off period for staff seeking to work with private firms doing business with the City of Vancouver. Stewart also announced plans for a lobbyist registry and other conflict-of-interest measures to make dealings between private firms and senior city officials more transparent.