POLITICS

Police hand probe of SW Ontario mayor's billing expenses to OPP

10/03/2014 04:00 EDT | Updated 12/02/2014 05:59 EST
WATERLOO, Ont. - An investigation into the billing expenses of a mayor on southwestern Ontario has been handed to the Ontario Provincial Police.

The investigation of Woolwich Township Mayor Todd Cowan concerns alleged billing expenses made to multiple levels of government.

As mayor of Woolwich Township, Cowan has a seat on Waterloo Region council, which has authority over Waterloo Regional Police.

The police force said it have handed the investigation to the OPP’s anti-racket branch in the interests of ‘‘public confidence, transparency and impartiality.”

Cowan has admitted to billing nearly $2,800 worth of mileage and conference expenses to both the township and the region.

He repaid the amount following an investigation ordered by the township.

Another $465.52 in mileage claims is being investigated as having possibly been billed to both the township and the Grand River Conservation Authority.

Cowan sits on the authority's board. (CTV Kitchener)