Police commission expenses didn't follow city policy: auditor
Some expenses filed by members of the police commission – including alcohol purchases – break city policy, the auditor says.
David Wiun made 31 recommendations for change, but said there is no evidence the police commissioners deliberately intended to break the rules.
Of 59 expense claims filed by commission members last year, five were for alcohol, Wiun said. And on one, alcohol was the only thing purchased.
"The dollar amounts are relatively insignificant," he said. "I don't want to say that they're insignificant, because even $20 is too much. But we're talking $300, $400, $500, we're not talking a lot of dollars.
"But it's the principle."
The police commission rules don't forbid purchasing alcohol, but city policies do, and Wiun has recommended the commission follow those.
Murray Billet, acting chairman of the police commission, says members shouldn't be claiming alcohol.
"It's not, and that's why we welcome this thing," Billet said. "It's part of taking a look at the history, take a look at what's going on and move forward."
He speculated that the alcohol tab may have been for the purchase of wine at a dinner attended by the commission and members of the Edmonton Police Association.
Wiun also said honorariums were paid for meetings where no minutes were kept, so they couldn't be verified. He estimated about $3,000 was paid out.