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Police Bring In OPP In Next Steps Analysis Of Allegations Against Woolwich Mayor Todd Cowan
Regional Police identify Next Steps In Allegations Against Woolwich Mayor
Outside Police Unit Will Conduct Further Investigations
Waterloo Region, Ontario – As a result of separate resolutions passed by Township of Woolwich Council on September 8, 2014, and Region of Waterloo Council on September 9, the Waterloo Regional Police Service received a formal communication requesting the Service conduct a criminal investigation into expenditures claimed by Woolwich Mayor, Todd Cowan.
The communication was properly directed to the Waterloo Regional Police Service as the holders of have primary jurisdiction in the investigation of alleged criminal matters occurring in Waterloo Region.
Upon receipt of the communication Chief of Police Bryan Larkin consulted with members of his senior leadership team and decided in the best interests of public confidence, transparency and impartiality, the matter would be best investigated by an outside police agency.
Chief Larkin has reached out to the Ontario Provincial Police for assistance. The Ontario Provincial Police, specifically the Anti-Rackets branch, have agreed to undertake the investigation making all investigative decisions including the decision whether or not criminal charges will be laid.
At this point, the Waterloo Regional Police will have no further comment on this matter.
Cowan has admitted to billing nearly $2,800 worth of mileage and conference expenses to both the township and the region.
He repaid the amount following an investigation ordered by the township.
Another $465.52 in mileage claims is being investigated as having possibly been billed to both the township and the Grand River Conservation Authority.
Cowan sits on the GRCA's board.
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