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Peachland councillor censured for pressuring district manager to approve unpermitted deck

Peachland Coun. Pete Coolio
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August 06, 2021 - 8:55 AM

Pete Coolio, a District of Peachland councillor, has been censured by his fellow councillors for inappropriate actions towards the district’s CAO Joe Mitchell.

The inappropriate behavior happened during a meeting between the two men on June 16.

“During the meeting, Coun. Coolio attempted to use his office as an elected official to persuade the CAO to sign a document that would approve an unpermitted existing deck on a property that he was involved in selling,” states a report going to Peachland council on Tuesday. “The CAO refused to sign the document and reported the incident to the Mayor.”

Coolio is a realtor.

Council met in camera on July 20 to discuss the event and agreed to make the matter public at its Aug. 10 meeting.

Council ruled that Coun. Coolio’s behavior “does not meet the standard expected by council and is deserving of censure.”

Coolio was immediately removed from all committees, is not allowed to attend conferences or seminars as a representative of the District or meet with Mitchell or any other District staff.

If he has to meet with staff he can only do it through the mayor. He’s not allowed to meet with staff outside of normal business hours.

He was also ordered to write a letter of apology to Mitchell and all of council for his actions. That was to have been delivered by noon on July 23.

None of the parties responded to calls for comment from as of publication time.

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