A special prosecutor has been appointed to look into allegations against Langley Township Mayor Rick Green, said a spokesperson for the provincial Crown.
David Crossin was appointed on June 7, and is reviewing an RCMP report compiled after an investigation that came to light in January.
That investigation is now apparently concluded, but officials could not say anything about the content of the report.
No charges have been approved against the mayor.
Special prosecutors are often brought in on cases where politicians are under legal scrutiny.
“It’s part of the process that we expected because of my position,” Green said.
He said he does not expect charges to actually be laid once the prosecutor has reviewed the file.
“I haven’t done anything wrong,” Green said, the position he has taken since word of the investigation broke in January.
He noted that like anyone else, he is innocent until proven guilty.
“I just caution everybody to be very careful with what they say,” Green said.
He will continue with his mayoral duties as normal, he said.
Neil MacKenzie, the spokesperson for the provincial crown counsel’s office, said Crossin will report back to the assistant deputy attorney general. Crossin has a mandate to give legal advice to the RCMP if more investigation is needed, and may or may not proceed with laying charges.
If the charges are laid and a case goes to court, Crossin could conduct the prosecution.
Crossin is best known for acting on behalf of some officers at the Dziekanski inquiry.
Councillor Bob Long said this was the first he had heard of a special prosecutor.
“We need to focus clearly on the issues of the Township and not get sidetracked,” he said.
Long noted that he was among the majority of councillors who voted against asking for an update on the investigation. Most councillors favoured leaving the matter in the hands of the RCMP.
“This is obviously very serious,” said Coun. Jordan Bateman.
He said it is good that a review will be conducted by someone with no interests in the Township.
Jack Froese, who has announced he will run for mayor in November, did not have a comment, except to say that it was unfortunate that the matter is taking time away from the business of the Township.
While little has been made public, it is thought that the police investigation involved violations of the Community Charter and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
In February, it was revealed that council voted to disclose some information from closed meetings to police, including a report and some correspondence from law firm Lidstone & Company, dating back to May 2010.
MacKenzie said all he could confirm was that the allegations involved a dispute between Green and others over municipal matters.
The investigation did not involve the Langley RCMP, but was done by outside officers.