Brampton council is said to have convened a special meeting Friday morning after a city director made allegations of corruption, nepotism, abuse of power involving the city’s chief administrative officer and other senior staff members.
According to the Toronto Star which broke the story, Gurdeep Kaur Director of corporate projects and liaison sent an email to members of council and media outlets outlining several allegations involving Chief Administrative Officer David Barrick (whom she reports directly to) and others. Allegations range from racism and rigged hiring processes to misappropriation of city funds.
Members of council including Mayor Patrick Brown are taking Kaur’s allegations seriously and have convened a special council meeting at 10 a.m. on April 23, the news report said.
Email requests for comment sent to Barrick were not answered by the time of the article’s publication, the Star reported. However, the city’s media relations department provided an email statement.
“We are aware of reported claims related to City personnel matters, procedures and policies. In regards to the matters referenced, we can confirm that all Human Resources and Procurement policies were followed. The City does not cite specific details about individuals or the status of their employment,” the statement read.
Several members of council are reportedly calling for investigations into the allegations.
“I read the email and I want it investigated to see if there is any merit to the complaint,” the Star quoted Brown as saying. “I would welcome a third-party investigation just to make sure that everything is on the up and up.”