POLITICS

Sudbury fires ombudsman Andre Marin as investigator of complaints from public

02/13/2013 05:43 EST | Updated 04/15/2013 05:12 EDT
SUDBURY, Ont. - Ontario ombudsman Andre Marin will no longer be Sudbury's go-to guy to investigate complaints from the public.

Sudbury city council has decided to use Local Authorities Services Limited, which is owned by the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, instead of the free ombudsman service.

Mayor Marianne Matichuk wasn't impressed with the motion, which was tabled without notice, and was one of only two on council to oppose the decision.

Coun. Terry Kett, who was one of the most vocal opponents of the ombudsman in the past, says he's happy the city will no longer use the service.

The ombudsman investigated the current municipal council for a closed-door meeting complaint last year, and the previous council for allowing its members to buy advance tickets to an Elton John concert in 2008.

(CJMX)