NANAIMO’S Chief Administrative Officer Tracy Samra has been charged with one count of fear of injury or damage to another person in connection with a January 31 incident at City Hall.
The charge does not normally lead to a criminal record, but results in a restraining order or the equivalent of a peace bond for a period of not more than 12 months.
Nanaimo Mayor Bill McKay told the media that the incident involved threats uttered against several city hall employees that included him as well.
Back in February, the City issued a press release that stated: “Due to an incident at City Hall, the RCMP made an arrest, and we understand that they have also initiated an ongoing investigation. The City has and will continue to cooperate fully to support the RCMP as needed and will also undertake an independent investigation.”
Vancouver lawyer Michael Klein was appointed as special prosecutor in the case. The B.C. Prosecution Service said in a statement at the time: “The appointment of a Special Prosecutor is intended to avoid any potential for real or perceived improper influence in the administration of justice in light of the nature of the allegations and the identity of some of the complainants as elected municipal officials.”
Samra was released from custody on a promise to appear in court.
Samra is currently on paid leave and is scheduled to make a first appearance in the case on March 27 in Nanaimo Provincial Court.