Brandon to draft whistleblower policy
Brandon's city council is drafting a whistleblower policy to help identify abuses of city policies by employees.
Councillors voted Monday night to establish the policy in the wake of an external auditors report commissioned after a former city manager had charged $15,000 of personal expenses to a city credit card between 2007 and 2010.
"People didn't know how to respond to the situation where they had a supervisor not complying with a very substantive policy," Mayor Shari Decter Hirst said on Monday, while sharing the results of that recently-completed audit.
The audit showed that former manager, Brian MacRae, paid back all the money, Decter Hirst said, adding the file can now be closed on that investigation.
"No additional amounts were discovered [during the audit] and I respect previous council's decision not to pursue charges," she said.
MacRae resigned just prior to Decter Hirst taking office in October.
In addition to the whistleblower policy, council has also requested administration create clearly-defined guidelines on the use of city-issued corporate credit cards, such as requiring employees to prove the legitimacy of any purchases.