Mayor Scott made a public apology at the Oct. 22 council meeting.
The apology related to an incident on June 25, 2019, between him and councillor Keith McGrath.
Code of Conduct
RMWB Council observed the release of a report by the Integrity Commissioner.
Prior to its release, Mayor Scott temporarily vacated the room in keeping with standard practice.
Councillor McGrath, who was present for the meeting, soon followed.
However, he asked councillor Phil Meagher to inform the mayor and council he would not return due to poor health.
CAO Annette Antoniak voiced the report describing the incident at the closed-door meeting on June 25.
The report includes a formal complaint McGrath filed with the commissioner on July 4.
In his complaint, he alleged Mayor Scott directed profane language at him and attempted to physically restrain him from leaving the session.
The Integrity Commissioner launched an investigation into the matter and later ruled Mayor Scott’s actions contravened the Council Code of Conduct Bylaw.
RMWB Council voted in favour of accepting the Integrity Commissioner’s conclusion the mayor violated the bylaw.
However, they defeated a secondary motion that would publicly reprimand Mayor Scott for his actions.
Following the vote, Mayor Scott returned and issued a public apology to councillor McGrath, RMWB Council, municipal staff, and the public.
He also stated his intention to seek guidance in better managing his emotions.
Unaware councillor McGrath was not in attendance, he said he hopes his apology reached him via video feed.
“He may have been watching, and I’m not sure but I hope he was because I did deliver the apology directly to him, and that was important for me to do. I hope he did watch.”
Under instruction from the administration, Mayor Scott would not speak about the incident or the apology in detail.
However, he said he would release a statement to his social media accounts.