By RTH Staff
Published June 26, 2008
In a statement late yesterday afternoon, Mayor Fred Eisenberger announced that a taped conversation with a member of the media was stolen from his office and stated that he believes he has "contravened the Council's Code of Conduct."
The message, a conversation between the Mayor and Hamilton Spectator columnist Andrew Dreschel from May 2007, concerned the reorganization of the department of planning and economic development and the council decision to replace general manager Lee Ann Coveyduck with Tim McCabe.
Eisenberger claims he was answering questions from Dreschel "off the record" about the context in which the decision was made, but now feels that he may have leaked confidential information from the in camera council session inadvertently.
The interview was taped by Eisenberger's former media advisor. Now Eisenberger believes the tape was stolen from his office and circulated to other media outlets (Raise the Hammer does not have a copy of the tape).
He added that he does not suspect anyone currently working in his office or anyone at the Spectator.
Eisenberger has provided a transcript of the tape to the city soliciter and asked council to investigate his actions and decide whether and how to respond. "I take full responsibility and encourage staff and Council to recommend appropriate remedy or action as required."
He also stated that he will ask the police to investigate the suspected theft.