After six years as Chair of the Durham Regional Police Services Board, Oshawa Regional Councillor Robert Boychyn is stepping down to take on a new challenge.
The 57-year-old Oshawa lawyer has been named Justice of the Peace by the Ministry of the Attorney General for the Oshawa-Whitby area. The new appointment takes effect in mid-August and Board Vice Chair Doug Moffatt will serve as interim leader until the next Board meeting, which is scheduled for September 2, 2003. The Ontario Police Services Act stipulates that a Justice of the Peace may not be a member of a police services board.
Mr. Boychyn is looking forward to the new opportunity, but says he will miss the challenges of governing in the fast-paced world of policing.
"My time on the Board has been a very rewarding experience," he says, "I am proud of our many accomplishments and feel privileged to have been associated with such a dynamic and progressive policing organization."
Police Chief Kevin McAlpine praised Chair Boychyn for his leadership, his willingness to take on tough issues, the time sacrifices he made and his tremendous support of frontline officers.
"Chair Boychyn has clearly made a significant contribution to community safety as the leader of our governing body here in Durham Region," says Chief McAlpine, "He has worked very hard to get us to where we are today - one of the best municipal police services in Canada."
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