Niagara regional councillors will be responsible for lowering the hammer on code of conduct violators
Regional councillors may be getting more than they bargained for when they decided to hire an integrity commissioner to keep the peace at council.
After a lengthy debate last night, councillors agreed it will be up to them to discipline fellow councillors who break code of conduct rules .
Commissioner Robert Swayze says he will deliver recommendations but ultimately it will be up to council to determine the penalties.
Swayze also reminding them he will name offending councillors in public, adding "I don't go in camera".
Councillors also agreed to change their code of conduct to include tougher language to protect staff from being bullied by elected officials.
As well, they reinstated councillors access to staff, which was cut off in August over concerns staff was being bullied.