HAMILTON, ON – March 30, 2015 – Tonight, Hamilton City Council recommended for approval the appointment of a new Integrity Commissioner and Lobbyist Registrar, Mr. George Rust-D’Eye. Mr. Rust-D’Eye will assume his new role effective May 1, 2015. This will be an up to one year term for the Integrity Commissioner and a two year term for the Lobbyist Registrar.

With the appointment of Mr. Rust-D’Eye, our current integrity commissioner, Earl Basse has confirmed he will resign effective April 30, 2015. Mr. Basse has agreed to step down from his post early, and expressed a willingness to work with the City of Hamilton to ensure a seamless transition and allow the in-coming appointee the necessary time to get up and running with the new Lobbyist Registry. The Lobbyist Registry will take effect August 1, 2015.

Although Mr. Basse has decided to step down early to facilitate an opportunity for the new appointee to get the new Lobbyist Registry up and running, he has expressed a willingness‎ to ensure pending reports will be completed and submitted prior to the April 30thdate.

Council will confirm this appointment at the April 8th Council meeting.

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