Oakville Mayor Rob Burton has resigned from the Halton Police Board after telling Police Chief Steve Tanner that it will be OK for him to journey to Florida over the vacations.
Burton, who was the chair of the board, made the announcement in a press release issued late Monday afternoon.
In it, he mentioned that he’s now “deeply regretful for my response to the chief’s proposed journey,” regardless of beforehand authorizing it.
“I remorse sincerely that I focussed on the time on the methods the chief’s journey certified as important journey,” he mentioned. “I ought to have really helpful towards it as a result of it might generate public concern about me not setting the next instance than the principles and tips truly known as for.”
Tanner launched a press release final week confirming that he did journey south “to deal with some private enterprise issues” however did so with “with the information and assist” of Burton.
Tanner, nevertheless, conceded that making the journey regardless of recommendation from public well being officers towards non-essential journey was a “poor determination” that he now “deeply regrets.”
Information of the journey surfaced within the wake of a number of different officers, together with former Ontario finance minister Rod Phillips and the president and CEO of St. Joseph’s Well being System, being compelled to resign after their very own choices to journey outdoors the nation throughout a worldwide pandemic grew to become public.
The journey additionally coincided with the demise of a Halton police officer who suffered a medical episode whereas on responsibility, leaving Tanner unable to assist his grieving officers in particular person.
In an interview with CP24 following Burton’s resignation on Monday, Halton Regional Police Affiliation President Clay Gillis mentioned that lots of officers and members of the neighborhood consider Tanner ought to resign for his determination to journey to Florida. Gillis mentioned that whereas the affiliation itself hasn’t made that request, it has requested for extra info.
“I don’t suppose that individuals are glad that this meets the requirements of important journey within the present local weather we’re in,” he mentioned.
Burton had defended Tanner as lately as Friday, telling CP24 that he “leads our police service in an exemplary method and can proceed to take action.”
In a press release offered to CP24 earlier on Monday, the Halton Police Board mentioned that it is going to be holding a particular assembly on Friday “to acquire authorized recommendation” in response to “considerations concerning Chief Tanner’s current journey.”
The board says that it’s going to then cope with the matter at its subsequent public assembly on Jan. 28th.
Tanner declined to look on CP24 for an interview on Monday however did level out that he travelled with “prior approval.”