The mayor of a small Ontario town north of Toronto loves wearing his ceremonial chain of office so much, he can’t seem to function without it.
Stouffville Mayor Justin Altmann wasn’t satisfied with only donning his ceremonial chain at official events as is the practice.
Not only was he caught wearing the chain at non-official events like his wedding, but he also let others wear the chain — including a golden retriever.
Council said this was a no-no, noting the chain must be locked in a display case when not used for official purposes.
Angered by this cruel edict, Altmann made a replica chain and actually had the chutzpah to bill taxpayers!
Altmann spent almost $2,000 on that phony-baloney chain and then claimed it as a “promotional expense.”
His Honour was ordered to pay back the cash and is complying… sort of:
He established a GoFundMe page which has somehow managed to raise more than $700 thus far.
Of all the worthy charitable causes in the world, who’d think paying for someone’s bogus chain would be the one to back?
Obviously, Altmann thinks so. It seems he’s yet another elected official who believes he’s entitled to his entitlements at someone else’s expense.