After a months-long municipal inspection, the City of Chestermere was found to be managed in an irregular, improper and improvident manner.
The inspection, which was led by an independent, non-partisan expert in municipal governance, involved extensive interviews and collected information from a wide range of sources to arrive at its findings and recommendations.
As a result of the inspection, 12 binding directives were issued by the Minister of Municipal Affairs.
January 7, 2022
The Minister of Municipal Affairs began receiving complaints related to the administration and governance of the City of Chestermere.
March 10, 2022
The Minister of Municipal Affairs ordered a preliminary review to investigate complaints.
May 9, 2022
The Minister of Municipal Affairs concluded that sufficient potential concerns existed to justify an in-depth inspection.
Municipal governance expert, George Cuff, was appointed inspector and asked to conduct a formal, third-party inspection of the City of Chestermere's management, administration and operations.
The inspection looked into issues relating to:
- members of council acting alone and outside of a council resolution
- the complaints process for code of conduct infractions
- members of council performing administrative functions and duties
- improper council meeting procedures and conduct
- sale of municipal property not in accordance with the Municipal Government Act
November 2, 2022
Confidential copies of the completed inspector's report and a list of potential actions that the Minister of Municipal Affairs may direct was delivered to each member of the city council.
The city council provided comments on the inspection report, sharing their input with Alberta's government.
March 15, 2023
Government held a public information session to present the municipal inspection report to residents of Chestermere.
The Minister of Municipal Affairs issued 12 binding directives through a Ministerial Order requiring the City of Chestermere to take action.
- Directives issued for Chestermere city council (March 15, 2023)
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