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Retired OPP no longer allowed to serve on Wellington County Police Services Board

The county's Police Services Board is currently made up of five members

WELLINGTON – New policing and community safety regulations proposed by the province will transform the current makeup of the county's police services board by the spring. 

This follows an announcement from County Coun. Earl Campbell during the first police services board meeting of the year where he explained changes to the province's Community Safety and Policing Act (CSPA) will mean two members; Walter Trachsel and Ron Faulkner, are no longer able to sit on the board. 

This is because both Trachsel and Faulkner are retired OPP officers. 

Coming into effect in April, the province's new regulations would replace the current board with two members of Wellington County council, the Warden, one citizen appointed by council and one citizen appointed by the province. 

Including Trachsel and Faulkner, the board is currently made up of five members: county councillor and board chair Earl Cambell, Warden Andy Lennox and former Erin Mayor Allan Alls, who serves in the council-elected citizen position. CAO Scott Wilson also attends. 

The changes will be discussed in more detail during February's meeting. 

Isabel Buckmaster is the Local Journalism Initiative reporter for GuelphToday. LJI is a federally-funded program

About the Author: Isabel Buckmaster, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Isabel Buckmaster covers Wellington County under the Local Journalism Initiative, which is funded by the Government of Canada
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