The process to improve diversity in the selection process for a council-appointed member of the Hamilton Police Services Board has begun. Advertising has been posted for persons wishing to serve on the committee that will recommend the candidate. The Committee will consist of 6 members of Council and six community representatives with a mandate to review applications from interested residents and recommend a short list to council who will make the final determination.
Interview questions will be provided by Hamilton Women and Gender Equity Advisory Committee, Indigenous Advisory Committee, LGBTQ Advisory Committee, Committee Against Racism Advisory Committee and Advisory Committee for Persons with Disabilities.
The Hamilton Police Services Board consists of seven members—from the city, the Mayor and two councillors serve on the board, the province appoints three members and city council appoints one citizen member. It is this latter appointment that will now be recommended by the new 12-member advisory committee. The new process was adopted by Hamilton City Council in September.
Current board composition consists of:
Mayor Andrea Horwath
Clr. Easther Pauls
Pat Mandy (Chair)
The current council appointee, who in future will be recommended by the new committee is Fred Bennink who is also vice-chair of the HPSB.
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