After City Councilor Chris Rice was ousted from his Ward 5 / Seat A position on the council last week, a replacement to fill his seat for the remainder of his term is being sought.
Rice, 32, was removed following a trial on May 12, after a vote of the council found he had violated city policy on four charges, including sexual harassment of peers on the council, misuse of the city seal for personal reasons, claiming his political Facebook page had been hacked and threatening retaliation against Mayor Paul Callaghan and Councilor Ashley Desrochers for pursuing the case against him.
Immediately after the trial ended with Rice being removed from the council, he said the trial was unfair. He said the city did not allow him time to prepare, nor the ability to adequately defend himself. An investigation determined Rice repeatedly commented about the bodies and appearances of two councilors, despite being told to stop numerous times. The report also stated he intimidated one councilor by whispering to her he was carrying a gun during one meeting, after months of harassment.