Is Council Missing a Voice and Vote on the Police Services Board?

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Police-Services-Board
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THUNDER BAY – On Monday evening, at City Council there will be a report examined on filling vacancies on City Council. With respect to Report No. 2011.056 (Office of the City Clerk) we recommend that the draft policy to govern the filling of vacant seats on City Council as appended to this Report be adopted by City Council and be incorporated into the Corporate Policy Manual for the City of Thunder Bay; AND THAT any necessary by-laws be presented to City Council for ratification.

Yet there does not appear, on the agenda, any action to put a person onto the temporarily vacant position on the Police Services Board.

The Police Services Act R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER P.15, under section 27 (10) states;

(10.1) The term of office for a member appointed by resolution of a council shall be as set out by the council in his or her appointment, but shall not exceed the term of office of the council that appointed the member. 1997, c. 8, s. 19 (2).

Same, and reappointment

(10.2) A member appointed by resolution of a council may continue to sit after the expiry of his or her term of office until the appointment of his or her successor, and is eligible for reappointment. 1997, c. 8, s. 19 (2).

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(11) If the position of a member who is appointed by a municipal council or holds office by virtue of being the head of a municipal council becomes vacant, the board shall notify the council, which shall forthwith appoint a replacement. R.S.O. 1990, c. P.15, s. 27 (11).

With Mayor Keith Hobbs currently not on the Board, the Police Services Board is obligated under the legislation to notify the Council, and City Council is obligated to appoint a replacement. Now, while Mayor Hobbs is, by virtue of his elected position according to the legislation, there is nothing in the act specific to what should be done in the event, as at present that has the Mayor temporarily off the Police Services Board.

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