Former Rick Chiarelli staffer goes public saying she provided information to integrity commissioner


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O’Brien’s post doesn’t reveal the information she shared with the integrity commissioner. She declined further comment, citing the ongoing investigation, but writes more on her website about the impact of her experiences while describing the process of writing an e-book fictional story inspired by her time working in Chiarelli’s office.

Chiarelli didn’t respond to an email asking for comment by press time. He has previously denied all allegations made against him.

Integrity commissioner Robert Marleau has been investigating conduct allegations against Chiarelli for nearly a year.

City council in July unanimously voted in favour of suspending Chiarelli’s salary for 270 days, starting Aug. 14, after receiving a damning report on the integrity commissioner’s findings regarding three women who had job interviews with the long-time College ward councillor. Women accused Chiarelli of asking if they would go braless.

Marleau is also investigating two formal complaints against Chiarelli made by former staffers. The integrity commissioner has not yet released a report on those allegations. It’s not clear if O’Brien’s experiences are included as part of those formal complaints, but she noted in her statement that she provided sworn testimony and evidence to the integrity commissioner.

If Marleau finds that Chiarelli also broke the council code of conduct in relation to the former staffers, the councillor could face an extended suspension of salary.