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Former Walden CAO joins police services board

Richard Bois replaces Angela Recollet on police oversight body
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Richard Bois, the former CAO of the Town of Walden, is the newest member of the Greater Sudbury police services board. (Supplied)

Richard Bois, the former CAO of the Town of Walden, is joining Greater Sudbury's police services board, Chair Michael Vagnini has announced.

A news release from police said Bois's appointment is effective Aug. 29 for a three-year term. 

“After a careful and rigorous selection process, Richard was selected to fill the provincial seat previously held by Ms. Angela Recollet whose term had expired,” the release said.

“Chair Vagnini and Chief (Paul) Pedersen acknowledge and thank Ms. Recollet for her term served with excellence, dedication, honesty, and wisdom,” the release said. 

“I am delighted to be assuming this post with the board,” Bois is quoted as saying in the release. “I appreciate this honour and I look forward to working with other members of the board in fulfilling our very important responsibilities as governors. I admire the work of the police in our community and am privileged to assume this role.” 

Bois worked at the former Town of Walden for 28 years, working as CAO and clerk, as well as director of community services. Since his retirement, he has served as chair of the Ojibway Road Campers Association, was founding member of the Walden Community Action Network, participated in the creation of the Sudbury

Source Water Protection Plan, and was employed as a consultant in the planning of a 23-unit senior’s affordable housing development. 

“His knowledge of planning, community and organizational development, along with experience in working with senior levels of government is extensive,” the release said.

“We look forward to having Mr. Bois’ insight and guidance as we continue to tackle important issues,” Vagnini is quoted as saying. “His professional attributes and previous experience will be valuable to the board as we strive to build public trust, ensure transparency, and be accountable to those we serve.”

The board has five members: two provincial appointees, two members of city council, and one citizen appointed by council. Currently, Vagnini and Ward 6 Coun. René  Lapierre sit on the board, along with former councillor Fran Caldarelli and Dr. Rayudu Koka.

The board provides direction and guidance to the Greater Sudbury Police Service “while ensuring that adequate and effective police services are provided in accordance with the needs of the municipality,” the release said. 

“We all welcome him and look forward to working with him in the coming years,” Police Chief Paul Pedersen said in the release.