2017-03-22

Former mayoral candidate accused of revealing confidential information

by Keith Corcoran

  • <p>FILE PHOTO</p><p>The mayor of Bridgewater says museum commission member Greg Ritcey, pictured, breached the Municipal Government Act by publicly revealing confidential information.</p>

Former mayoral candidate and one-time town councillor Greg Ritcey breached provincial legislation governing municipalities when he revealed confidential information from a museum commission meeting, claims Bridgewater's mayor.

Greg Ritcey posted on social media that the town is considering reducing the DesBrisay Museum to a seasonal operation from a year-round one, a detail Mayor David Mitchell said was discussed out of the public realm because it was considered both a legal and personnel matter.

Mitchell said committees and commissions are subject to the Municipal Government Act (MGA) when it comes to holding in-camera sessions.

Ritcey, who served on town council between 2008 and 2012 and is currently a member of the museum commission, said there was a "verbal in-camera" but members of the museum commission aren't subject to an oath like members of other town committees. He insists he didn't breach confidentiality by publicizing the DesBrisay information.

Bridgewater's lawyer is reviewing legal options concerning how to deal with Ritcey's alleged violation of the MGA. Mitchell feels Ritcey should no longer be a member of the museum commission at the very least.

Ritcey called Mitchell an "uninformed bully" who "should grow up."

Once learning of the social media post, town officials alerted members of council, museum staff and members of the commission.

Mitchell said the DesBrisay Museum topic will be discussed in public during the March 27 council meeting, which he said was the intention all along.

Ritcey ran against Mitchell for mayor in the 2016 municipal election.

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