This is no way to end a decade of service. The Calgary Police Commission (CPC) announced Tuesday Councillor Diane Colley-Urquhart had resigned after 10 years of representation.
Her resignation comes on the heels of her attempt to assist some female officers who claimed to have been bullied and sexually harassed by fellow officers. Meeting with the councillor in secrecy was a last-ditch effort after they felt their concerns had landed on deaf ears with the Calgary Police Service (CPS).
Councillor Colley-Urquhart took those concerns to Chief Roger Chaffin. He wasn’t the first police chief to have heard about such accusations; internal reports from 2009 and 2013 detailed similar complaints. Those reports were never passed on to the police commission.
In announcing her resignation, the police commission said it was ‘surprised’. Hopefully it was just as surprised that it had been left in the dark by CPS about the initial accusations.
The commission said Colley-Urquhart had violated its code of conduct although a formal investigation was never held.
Diane Colley-Urquhart has been a strong voice on the commission both as an advocate and critic. Now that voice has been silenced. We can only hope she wasn’t bullied into quitting.