UPDATE – For more on the statement by Mayor Bruce Lantz and the City of Fort St. John, click here
Fort St. John Mayor Bruce Lantz says he regrets the two incidents that lead to a resolution brought forward by City Council.
During a statement Monday afternoon, Mayor Lantz stated after a heart attack a few years ago, he started drinking. During two events in question, the Mayor stated he may have drank in excess which lead to the incidents.
Lantz stressed that in either incident, his behaviour has not resulted in charges. He then went on to apologized for his behaviour and stressed at no time have these incidents prevented him from doing his job.
The Mayor believes all of this re-enforces his plan to improve drug and alcohol abuse services in the Northeast.
Below is a copy of the full speech by Bruce Lantz.
The resolution brought forward, stems from a closed meeting council conducted on Feb. 28. The motion stated that the City had received complaints about Bruce Lantz’s conduct and that “Council considers the conduct of the Mayor to have been unacceptable.”
The resolution stipulates that Mayor Bruce Lantz will not be allowed to meet or travel by himself with a City female employee. He will also not be allowed to travel outside the region as a City representative unless Council specifically consents to the travel and another Councillor can travel with him.
Furthermore, the resolution specifies that several of the Mayor’s appointments on different boards are being terminated.
The mayor was not present at the City’s regular council meeting on Feb. 28 when the resolution was brought forward at the closed meeting, following council.