By Kevin Werner, News Staff
The city's appointee to the Hamilton police services board has abruptly resigned his board seat, citing personal issues.
“Thank you for this tremendous opportunity it has been an honour to once again service this city,” stated Jim Kay in a letter sent to council Jan. 21. Politicians at their Jan. 23 council meeting referred the letter to the city’s selection committee.
“He is a dedicated man and that was reflected with his work on the board,” said Hamilton councillor and board member Bernie Morelli. “I’m sorry to see him go.”
Kay was appointed to the police services board March 2011 for a term that was set to expire in November 2014.
In December 2010 Kay resigned as Hamilton’s fire chief after seven years in the position. He also cited personal issues for leaving the position, wanting to spend more time with his family. Kay became acting fire chief in 2003, and assumed the position the full-time in 2004.
Kay sent the letter to council the same day that the police board voted to approve Hamilton Police Chief Glenn De Caire’s 2013 budget. At that meeting he declined to continue serving as vice-chair, a position he's held for the past year.