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June 23, 2004
Toronto Police Services Board one of many City oversight bodies seeking citizen nominees
The City of Toronto is encouraging members of the public to become involved in
their city by joining the Toronto Police Services Board or one of the many
other boards seeking citizen participation.

Toronto City Council will appoint one member of the public to the Toronto
Police Services Board to join the Board in making decisions on issues of public
safety and governance of the Toronto's Police Service. Nominees for the
Toronto Police Services Board position will possess superior leadership and
management skills and will be proficient in board procedures. Qualifications
for appointment to the Police Services Board also include an understanding of
the police community and its values and experience with administrative and
budget matters.

Appointment to the Police Services Board is one of the most important ways to
be involved in City government. Policing is a critical service in Toronto and
the contribution of citizens on the Board is one way to ensure the service
remains responsive to the needs of Toronto's diverse population.

Advertising in Toronto daily newspapers is appearing this week with details on
how citizen members to City boards will be considered.

"Toronto needs the participation of residents on Toronto's oversight boards.
Direct participation on City boards ensures that decisions made reflect the
diverse nature of Toronto's population and draw on the experience of community
members. This is one of the most important contributions a resident can make,
and I encourage residents to get involved," said Mayor David Miller.

Each board will hold one information session between June 29 and July 13 at
Toronto City Hall, either in the Council Chamber or in Committee Room 2.
Citizens wishing to apply must attend the information session for the board
they are interested in applying to.

The City's boards include: Toronto Parking Authority, Toronto Police Services,
Toronto Licensing Tribunal, Committee of Adjustment, Property Standards
Committee, Pension and Benefit Funds, Sinking Fund, Board of Health, Exhibition
Place Board of Governors and the Toronto Atmospheric Fund.

Application forms and information packages will be available at the session,
and must be completed by the deadline indicated on the package. Employees of
the City or its agencies, boards or commissions are not eligible for

Appointments will be on the basis of equal opportunity to reflect the diverse
nature of the city's population. Women, people with disabilities, aboriginal
people, and people of racial and ethnic minorities are especially encouraged to

For information on City boards, session dates and locations, visit the City's
Web site:

Media contact:
Kevin Sack, Corporate Communications, 416-397-5277



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