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Motion of Censure and Sanction Against Mayor Val van den Broek

Date

For Immediate Release

On May 10, 2022, Council for the City of Langley made a decision to issue a motion of censure and sanction against Mayor Val van den Broek for conduct unbecoming of a member of City Council in breach of the City's Respectful Workplace Policy, the Workers Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Guidelines and Policies. As a result, Council resolved, among other things and until such time as a new Council is sworn in following the 2022 local government election, to revoke the Mayor's appointment to the;

Fraser Health Municipal Advisory Council

Healthier Community Partnerships

Langley Christmas Bureau

Langley Christmas Wish Breakfast

Langley Local Immigration Partnership

Youth Advisory Committee

Council took the matter very seriously and would not have taken such actions over a minor concern. Council assures the community that due process and procedural fairness were followed. In particular, the complaint was independently investigated by a third party with experience in workplace law. The Mayor was provided with a fair opportunity to participate in the process and to respond to the allegations prior to Council's consideration of the censure motion. Due to confidentiality and applicable privacy legislation, Council members are not able to discuss the details of the matter.