An employee of a public body, with a public-facing role, wished to run for municipal office. The employee’s ethics executive proposed to move the employee to a non-public-facing role so that the employee would not be required to take a leave of absence.
The Commissioner supported moving the employee and suggested that the decision, including factors considered, be documented. The Commissioner also advised the ethics executive to monitor the situation in case the business of the public body became a municipal issue, or the employee’s political activity began to interfere with the employee’s duties or conflicted with the interests of the public body.
PSOA s. 72 and 79.