Statement from Chief Lipinski on Appointment of Board Administrator
“Today the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General announced that the provincial government has suspended the appointments of the Surrey Police Board members and appointed Mike Serr as the temporary Administrator of the Board."
“I want to take this opportunity to thank the members of the Surrey Police Board for the outstanding work they have done over the past three years to stand up a brand-new police agency while navigating an unprecedented policing transition. These board members have done an enormous amount of work to get Surrey Police Service to the point it is at today. The work of good governance can be thankless, but strong policies, clear organizational direction, and transparent financial oversight are critical to both the organization and the public. I thank the Surrey Police Board members for their leadership, expertise and resilience, and I look forward to working with them again, once their appointments resume."
“I would also like to officially welcome Mike Serr to his new role as Board Administrator. As an independent Administrator, Mr. Serr will assume all governance duties of the Surrey Police Board, ensuring that the civilian oversight and public accountability of Surrey Police Service will continue. I am confident that Mr. Serr will play a critical role in helping to expedite the policing transition with this streamlining of governance decisions for Surrey Police Service. I look forward to working with him.”
Surrey Police Service