Statement on Charges and Update on Council
July 21, 2017 – In the matter of Criminal Code charges laid against Mayor Keith Hobbs, the City of Thunder Bay will not be making a public comment as the matter is before the courts, other than to assure the public the charges are unrelated to municipal business or issues.
The Mayor has advised he will be absent from his public duties, in accordance with City policy, as he deals with this personal matter.
City Council received legal advice on this matter at a closed session meeting last night.
The Acting Mayor for July is Trevor Giertuga and for August is Linda Rydholm.
“As the Mayor works through this personal matter, City Council commits to our citizens and our community to work together to cover the duties and responsibilities of the Mayor,” said Acting Mayor Giertuga. “We are working with Administration to cover the meetings, appointments and events in the Mayor’s calendar.
“We are supported by our more than 2,000 employees who provide dedicated service to the citizens of Thunder Bay day in and day out.”
City Council has directed that Karen Lewis is the spokesperson on this matter to ensure coordinated and consistent communication. As Director – Corporate Strategic Service her responsibilities include communications for the Corporation.