The Integrity Commissioner is an independent and impartial position reporting directly to Council.

Jean-Jaques LaCombe is the Integrity Commissioner for the Township of Russell.

Responsibilities of the Integrity Commissioner

The Integrity Commissioner:

  • Investigates complaints and potential breaches to the Code of Conduct by Members of Council;
  • Reviews and make recommendations to the Code of Conduct;
  • Advises and educates Members of Council on the Code of Conduct;
  • Provides reports to Council, summarizing their activities;
  • Reports findings and recommended actions following an investigation of a complaint against the Code of Conduct.

 Integrity Commissioner By-Law and Protocol

Read the Integrity Commissioner By-Law and Protocol.

Declarations of Pecuniary Interest

Declarations of Pecuniary Interest can be found on our Council page.

Code of Conduct for Members of Council

Read the Code of Conduct for Members of Council.

Breach to the Council Code of Conduct

Members of the public, Council members and other Township employees can file a complaint to the Integrity Commissioner if they believe or witness a member of council not following the Code of Conduct.

Submit a Complaint to the Integrity Commissioner

Members of the public, Council members and other Township employees can file a complaint to the Integrity Commissioner if they believe or witness a member of council not following the Code of Conduct.

A complaint must be submitted using the Breach of Council Code of Conduct Form. You will find the form below or you can ask for a printed copy at Town Hall.

 Breach of Council Code of Conduct Form 

Council members are to contact the Clerk’s Office to obtain a copy of the Request for Advice Form.

Required Documents

Your complaint must be submitted in a sealed envelope marked “private and confidential” and have the following information:

  • Your name, mailing address, telephone number, and email address;
  • An original copy of your completed Breach of Council Code of Conduct Form;
  • An original copy of the Additional Information Form (if it applies);
  • Any relevant documentation; and,
  • A cheque for $250 made payable to “The Corporation of the Township of Russell”.

Submit your complaint by regular mail, the outdoor drop box to the left of the Town Hall entrance, or to the reception desk at Town Hall, addressed to:

The Corporation of the Township of Russell, Clerk's Office
Attention: Mr. Jean-Jaques LaCombe, Integrity Commissioner
717 Notre Dame Street
Embrun, ON K0A 1W1

Important: If you will be submitting your form in-person, please ask the receptionist at the front desk of Town Hall to speak to the Clerk or the Chief Administrative Officer without mentioning you want to file a complaint to the Integrity Commissioner. This is to help us keep your identity confidential. Your complaint filed with the Clerk or Chief Administrative Officer will be forwarded to the Integrity Commissioner without delay or added comments.