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City council: Making retiring bureaucrats wait to deal with city

When senior city officials retire, they often take up positions as consultants, or join other organizations that have dealings with the city. Councillors are worried that puts the city at a disadvantage. Council meets Wednesday at 5. Follow the debates live here.

When senior city officials retire, they often take up positions as consultants, or join other organizations that have dealings with the city.

On Wednesday night, council will vote on whether they should have to wait to do that.

Coun. Sam Merulla will introduce a motion for a “cooling-off period” — a length of time senior staff have to wait before they deal with the city from the other side. The move is to prevent the city from having an unfair disadvantage.

It’s a notice of motion, which means council could vote on it at the next meeting. But it could also vote to waive the usual waiting period and vote on it tonight.

Other issues on the agenda:

CBC Hamilton reporter Samantha Craggs will tweet live from the meeting. Follow her at @SamCraggsCBC or in the window below.

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