The ex-mayor of Chambly, Denis Lavoie, is suspected by the Commission municipale du Québec, of having committed no less than 45 violations of the rules of ethics and professional conduct.
Lavoie, already the subject of a criminal investigation by the Unité permanente anticorruption (UPAC), received on Monday a very long citation to appear in court the part of the Commission municipale du Québec (CMQ).
The government agency in charge of enforcing the ethics of municipal considers that the ex-mayor “has committed several breaches” of the Code of ethics of the Town of Chambly.
“Mr. Denis Lavoie has on several occasions abused its powers of the mayor and exercised its function in limiting abuse the information that is provided to municipal councillors, by intimidating some of them “, one can read in the list of the alleged offences.
The CMQ accused of Denis Lavoie :
- The hiring of a political opponent in a traffic committee which, in exchange for a promise to stop criticizing him ;
- He left his daughter and his son benefit from favouritism in the course of their employment with the City of Chambly ;
- Several cases of interference in the issuance of permits, decisions of the clerk or in the decisions of the technical committees of the City ;
- Acts of intimidation and dismissal for personal reasons and supporters ;
- The use of tens of thousands of dollars of public funds to pay legal expenses related to litigation personal ;
- The use, over the years, vehicles and thousands of litres of petrol belonging to the City for the personal purposes of the former deputy director general, Annie Nepton, and to his own personal purposes ;
- Thousands of dollars of personal expenses, for his benefit and that of Ms. Nepton, who have been charged on the credit card of the City of Chambly.
Reached by telephone yesterday, Mr. Lavoie has swept them out of the back of the hand, the allegations of the CMQ. The ex-mayor, who has long been a police officer, has indicated that it intends to defend.
“This is the ragot picked up to the right and to the left “, he argued, an assertive voice.
The credit card of the City has indeed been used, “he said,” but it was not for personal expenditure “.
The ex-mayor is also said to have reimbursed the City for the personal use of a vehicle, municipal, and having “two letters from two directors general,” to prove his statements.