The city of White Rock issued a news release Monday evening stating the Coun. David Chesney has been censured, citing “breach of trust and sharing of confidential/classified information.”
“City of White Rock Council have had to make the difficult decision to censure City Councillor, David Chesney,” the news release states.
“Over the last few weeks, it was brought to council’s attention that Councillor Chesney had gone against council’s direction and divulged confidential information regarding the city’s negotiations of a very sensitive and critical matter.”
The news release was sent at 7:44 p.m., after council had adjourned their 7 p.m. regular meeting.
It does not identify the matter being negotiated, though it does identify sections under the Community Charter.
“Any person who is elected or appointed to office, on a municipal council, must make an oath or solemn affirmation of office, under section 120 of the Community Charter and are bound by duty to section 117 of the Community Charter to respect confidentiality. Regrettably, City of White Rock Council has lost faith and trust in Councillor David Chesney’s ability to respect and uphold the integrity of the members’ office and oath.”
It is the second time the city has announced having censured Chesney. In April 2015, Mayor Wayne Baldwin said Chesney was censured the previous month after publishing a third person’s comments online that city lawyers considered “most likely” to be defamatory.
More to come…