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Port Moody City Councillor: Vagramov has 'no business being at City Hall'

Last Updated Sep 10, 2019 at 9:05 pm PDT

Port Moody Mayor Rob Vagramov addressing media at a press conference at City Hall (Lauren Boothby/NEWS 1130)
Summary

Councillor Meghan Lahti writes Mayor Rob Vagramov shouldn't be at City Hall until he can fulfill his duties

Mayor Rob Vagramov has returned to office, after being on leave for several months following a charge of sexual assault

While Vagramov's legal matters haven't concluded, the charge against him has since been reduced

Port Moody (NEWS 1130) – A City Councillor in Port Moody is firing back at the Mayor, a day after he announced he would be returning to work, following his voluntary leave of absence over a sexual assault charge.

In an email to NEWS 1130, Councillor Meghan Lahti wrote ‘I believe that until and unless Mr. Vagramov is able to fulfill the duties and responsibilities that he took an oath to perform, he has no business being at city hall.’

She writes the Mayor ‘can not perform his duties while under this cloud’.

Lahti had also been the acting Chair of Port Moody’s Police Board since Vagramov took his leave in March, but she says she’s told him she can’t do it anymore, as it would be ‘inappropriate’ and not compliant with the Police Act.

She adds ‘this is not about politics’, saying she is standing in solidarity with women across Canada who are victims of sexual harassment and assault.

On Monday Mayor Rob Vagramov announced he has returned to office, after being on leave for several months following a charge of sexual assault.

While Vagramov’s legal matters haven’t concluded, the charge against him has since been reduced.

Vagramov was charged in relation to a woman’s claim of an incident from 2015, when he was serving as a city councillor.