By Kevin Werner, News Staff
Hamilton politicians have selected Ancaster councillor Lloyd Ferguson to the Police Services Board again.
Councillors at their Sept 25 meeting made Ferguson a permanent member of the board to replace Mayor Bob Bratina who resigned Sept. 18. He will serve out Bratina’s term until 2014.
Ferguson was tapped to temporarily replace Councillor Terry Whitehead to the board last June. Whitehead has been suspended by the board and is being investigated by the Ontario Civilian Police Commission for alleged code of conduct violations.
Politicians did not select an interim representative to take the place of Whitehead as he serves his suspension. It is unclear how long the investigation by OCPC will take.
Bratina surprised the community by announcing his resignation at a noon news conference at city hall. The mayor said he couldn’t properly perform his duties as mayor while also adhering to the restrictions he says the board placed on him. He said his decision was prompted by the death of Steve Mesic at the hands of the police in the spring. When he saw the family of Mesic at a recent police services board meeting, he wanted to reach out to them, but was told by board officials he couldn’t.
Bratina said he talked to his family and friends before deciding he should resign.
The police board is composed of four representatives from the city, and three selected by the province. The city’s other representative is Walt Juchniewicz. He replaced vice-chair Jim Kay who resigned in January.