Collingwood’s Mayor, Sandra Cooper, and the Town’s Chief Administrative Officer, John Brown, have both retained lawyers after accusations of violating the town’s code of conduct.
Emails between Cooper and Brown were obtained by Simcoe.com, and document their discussions after the Mayor’s decision to publicly retract a letter she sent Collingwood General and Marine Hospital board chairperson, Thom Paterson.
In a letter sent on March 10th, Cooper asked the hospital to remove “erroneous (and) potentially slanderous” information from its website in regards to the town’s position on the proposed redevelopment plans. In an interview on Talk of the Town on March 15th, Mayor Sandra Cooper publicly retracted the letter, saying: “From the moment I had read the letter I did feel uncomfortable with the approach and with the message…” (listen to the interview clip here).
According to emails sent between March 16th and March 20th, Cooper’s announcement on our station caught Brown off guard, and he told Cooper that he would be filing an informal complaint under the town’s code of conduct policy. You can read some of the quotes obtained by Simcoe.com here.
Brown requested that Cooper make a public apology to staff at council’s meeting on March 27th, but she did not. In another email obtained by Simcoe.com, Cooper said that, in the absence of a response from Brown, she would file an official complaint with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and “commence appropriate action with my own lawyer.”
Mayor Sandra Cooper will be on Talk of the Town tomorrow at 8:40am.