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Police board adds new members

By Adam Riley Sep 14, 2023 | 3:13 PM

A pair of new faces will be at the table the next time the Thunder Bay Police Services Board meets.

This comes following the appointment of provincial appointee Wayne Bahlieda and city councillor Kasey Etreni.

Previously Bahlieda had served on the board from 2003 until 2010, as well he spent 10 years as a Committee Member for the Ontario Police Arbitration Commission.

He calls his return to the board an honour and is ready to move ahead.

“As a member of the Board, I am committed to working in collaboration with the leadership team to attain organizational success and have a positive impact on our stakeholders, and the broader community.”

Bahlieda’s term began on September 7th and is slated for one year.

In a statement chair Karen Machado welcomed both new members, noting this brings the board to a full team.

“We are pleased to be making this announcement, having now filled all the vacant positions on the Board. We welcome Wayne and Kasey to the Board. Wayne’s experience on the Board and Kasey’s work within the community and on council will be beneficial as we move ahead with our mandate to serve the community and continue the work that is already underway.”

Etreni, still in her first term on council, replaces outgoing member Shelby Ch’ng who announced earlier this week she would be stepping away from the board due to other priorities.

Like Bahlieda, Etreni calls her appointment to the board an honour.

“I am eager to bring my experience from both council and my professional career to the Board and apply it to the work that is already underway and the work that needs to be done. I am keen and honoured to serve the residents of the Thunder Bay community in both capacities.”

The board now consists of six people, as Administrator Malcolm Mercer remains on the board as the sole vote holder for its decisions.