EDMONTON – An Edmonton city councillor who was using taxpayer money to pay for two-thirds of his Master of Business Administration program is returning $11,000 he’s already spent on his expensive education.
Councillor Jon Dziadyk began the two-year degree program at the University of Alberta last September.
The tuition is approximately $67,000 and about $44,000 of that was to come out of the municipal politician’s ward fund.
Regarding my partial reimbursement for my MBA, I have decided to voluntarily reimburse the @CityofEdmonton although I have been advised that no policies were violated. I will continue to pursue this degree with my own money to be a more effective councillor #yegcc #yeg
— Jon Dziadyk – Ward 3 (@JonDziadyk) February 7, 2019
After criticism from his constituents, Dziadyk announced Thursday that he had decided to reimburse the city the money he had received so far.
Dziadyk did not consult with the city’s ethics commissioner before using the public funds, but he was told after announcing his decision that he did not break any rules.
He plans to continue pursuing an MBA on his own dime, saying it will help him in his job as a councillor.