Mark King has survived a challenge to his leadership of the District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board.
The members have decided that the Chairmanship of the Board remains in accordance with the DSSAB Act and Regulations. The decision was made at a Special Board meeting on February 12, based on legal advice
Last week, King stepped aside from a DNSSAB meeting after fellow city councillor Scott Robertson. who also serves on the board, brought up a board bylaw limiting the chairman to four consecutive years. This would have been King's fifth.
Robertson called on King to immediately resign as chair
Councillor Mac Bain is the Vice-Chair of the Board.
“It is my privilege to continue to serve all citizens of the District of Nipissing as Chair, and I thank my fellow Board members for the opportunity,” said King.
“I look forward to addressing several issues, starting with the expansion of a total of 296 child care spaces in 2019 to meet demand.” King added, “Significant work has already begun with the passing of the 2019 Budget which allows for two new positions to manage mental health and addictions cases to address core needs identified in the Nipissing District.”
Inaugural meetings were held yesterday for the Standing Committees of the Board, where the Chairs and Vice Chairs of each committee were elected.
The Social Services and Employment Committee Chair is Councillor Dan Roveda of West Nipissing and the Vice Chair is Mayor Jane Dumas of South Algonquin Township.
The Children’s Services and EMS Committee Chair is Councillor Terry Kelly of East Ferris and the Vice Chair is Mayor Dan O’Mara of the town of Temagami.
Election of the Chair and Vice Chair of the Nipissing District Housing Corporation Board resulted in the election of North Bay Councillor, Dave Mendicino as Chair and North Bay Councillor Scott Robertson as Vice Chair. These two members will also hold the respective positions of Chair and Vice Chair of the DNSSAB Housing Services Committee.
“We are pleased to see district-wide representation on our Board and in the Standing Committees,” says DNSSAB CAO, Joe Bradbury. “The involvement of people from different municipalities exemplifies how the DNSSAB works to help citizens of the entire District of Nipissing.”