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Mayor Ed Holder sworn in as member of London Police Services Board

Mayor Ed Holder urging public not to panic and to stay prudent during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mayor Ed Holder urging public not to panic and to stay prudent during the COVID-19 pandemic. Matthew Trevithick / 980 CFPL

A little over a week after being sworn in as London’s 64th mayor, Ed Holder has been sworn in as a member of the London Police Services Board.

In a statement, board officials said Holder took his oath on Tuesday.

His appointment to the board was approved by council during its Dec. 5 meeting, as was the re-appointment of councillors Jesse Helmer, Mo Salih, and citizen appointee Susan Toth.

Salih is the board’s chair, and Toth is the board’s vice-chair. Other members of the board include Vanessa Ambtman-Smith and Dr. Javeed Sukhera, whose term ends on Dec. 31.

Holder’s term runs until Nov. 15, 2022.

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The London Police Services Board is made up of seven members, three of whom are members of city council.

In addition, three members are appointed by the province, while one — someone who is not a councillor or a city employee — is appointed by council.

The mayor automatically gets a spot on the board, but can defer the membership to a city councillor if they choose, said Jennifer Foster, administrator of the board, in an email.

The board has been short a provincial appointee since April, following the resignation of Michael Deeb after a charge of sexual assault and sexual exploitation.

The board’s first meeting with Holder as member is scheduled for Dec. 20.

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