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Port Moody Mayor to be replaced as police board chair while facing sexual assault charges

FILE - Port Moody Mayor Rob Vagramov reads a statement during a news conference after being charged with sexual assault, at City Hall in Port Moody, B.C., on Thursday March 28, 2019.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Mayor Rob Vagramov will not attend board meetings or vote on board matters until the sexual assault case is resolved

He returned from a voluntary leave of absence in September and remains on the job despite council asking him not to

Vagramov denies all of the allegations, which stem from a 2015 incident in Coquitlam

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