No excuses for mayor’s behaviour

Re: “Helps slams report as ‘character assassination,’” Oct. 2.

On Nov. 16, 2015, Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps received a report that then-police chief Frank Elsner was abusing his power relationship and harassing women in the workplace. On Dec. 4, 2015, Helps said: “The board has full confidence in our chief. He’s the best thing that’s happened to this town and Esquimalt in a long time.”

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Sorry, there can be no excuse for the mayor’s behaviour. Not inexperience, not poor advice. This is a decision guided by personal ethics, a decision covered by workplace policies.

People acting as the mayor has in this case generally resign or get fired with cause. A big-picture systems thinker should have foreseen this connection. No more excuses, too many apologies.

James Campbell


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