PORT MOODY (NEWS 1130) — Port Moody Mayor Rob Vagramov won’t play a role on the city’s police board while his sexual assault case moves through the criminal justice system.
In cities with municipal police forces, the Mayor assumes the role of police board chair.
“Mayor Vagramov has indicated that until his sexual assault charge is resolved, he will not be involved in or cast a vote in relation to board decision making or attend board meetings,” says a release from the Port Moody Police Department.
Another chair will be elected by the board, which sets priorities and provides oversight of the police department.
Vagramov returned to his regular duties in September after taking a voluntary leave of absence in March when he was charged with sexual assault stemming from an alleged incident in Coquitlam in 2015. Vagramov has denied the allegation.
On Oct. 8, city council voted 4-3 on Tuesday to ask Vagramov to step aside until his legal matters are resolved. However, Vagramov has opted to remain on the job.
With files from Martin MacMahon