A Vernon politician is taking direct aim at calls for his resignation.
Barry Beardsell, a former councillor, used Thursday’s city budget session to demand that Coun. Brian Quiring step down because his architectural firm does work for the city and the regional district.
“I bring a lot of experience and wisdom to a lot of topics,” said Quiring in his defence.
Quiring also garnered support from Mayor Akbal Mund, who told Beardsell that Quiring withdraws from discussions when any project his firm is involved in comes before council.
“He doesn’t get involved and he steps out. Brian does his part for the community,” said Mund.
Beardsell insisted that there is a perceived conflict of interest because Quiring’s firm has taken the lead on expansion of Kal Tire Place.
“I don’t say it with animosity. I say it with respect,” said Beardsell.
“I’m not questioning your integrity.”
However, those comments brought a sharp response from Quiring.
“You just like to make noise. I’m so tired of your noise,” said Quiring.
Beardsell says an auditor’s report questioned the procurement process and how city staff identify contractors.
“They had a meeting. There are no minutes or record of the meeting,” he said.
But Quiring says the request for proposal for architectural services was detailed and his conflict as a politician was declared.
“If you believe things are being done by staff because I am a councillor, I’d like to hear what they are,” said Quiring.
“It was a perfectly run process for procurement.”