- January 15, 2019
- Posted by: Sage Shield Safety Consultants
- Category: Overseas Occupational Health And Safety News
6 months into being elected back to the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake table, Lloyd Phillips (entrusted to fellow MCK chiefs Mike Delisle and Lindsay Leborgne in July) chose to take the director of public safety post, which will start next month. (Daniel J. Rowe, The Eastern Door)
Mohawk Council chief Lloyd Phillips is calling it a day after serving an overall of 16 years on council. Phillips, who was recently re-elected this past summertime, made his statement earlier this week.
“It was a really difficult choice to make because I enjoy being on council and I delighted in being an elected representative, and it’s been a passion of mine to be an agent of the community,” said the outbound chief (Phillips did not serve at the table from 2015 to 2018).
While Phillips is stepping down from council he’s not leaving community service. He’ll be taking on a function familiar to him that will take him back to the field where he began his profession– public security. Phillips has accepted the position of director of public safety.
Kahnawake public security commissioner Ron Skye will be retiring later on this month and director of public security Arnold Lazare is moving on to other interests. Council has actually decided to combine the two positions together, with Lazare working part-time as an unique projects consultant for public security.
Phillips said it’s an ideal location for him at this moment in his career, however it was not the most convenient option to make.
“I have actually been involved in public safety, public security issues my entire life. As a previous firemen and a current paramedic and working with authorities throughout the years, it’s another location I’m enthusiastic about. It resembled picking between two enjoys,” he said.
Phillips stated that eventually he chose he might make the most use of his abilities and make the very best effect on the neighborhood by concentrating on public safety.
His fellow council chief and good friend Ross Montour is delighted for Phillips.
“I would like to congratulate Lloyd on his appointment to his new position as the head of community safety and I believe it’s a good fit,” he said.
Montour is amazed by Phillips leaving council in one way, but not in another, offered his history of civil service to the neighborhood.
“I have actually understand Lloyd as a person at council for the past twenty years. He’s always had a participation that has actually preceded me knowing him here, in terms of his work with the Kahnawake Fire Brigade, the ambulance service and as a PK intermediary with the Mohawk Council. So this is in his wheelhouse.”
Phillips won’t be at the council table any longer, he will continue to work as a neighborhood leader.
“The user interface will still be there, he’ll still be interfacing with Mohawk Council in regards to the very same things that he was working on as the portfolio chief,” said Montour.
Phillips held the neighborhood safety, external federal government relations, justice, and health files while chief.
“At one duration when he was off council he was with the Assembly of First Nations Quebec -Labrador (AFNQL), where he was the intermediary for authorities services, public security for them. So he has actually worked on that level as well,” stated Montour.
“His commitment has constantly existed.”
When Ron Skye recommended council he was retiring last September he stated he would remain on until completion of January to aid with the shift. At the time Phillips stated the idea of entering that task hadn’t crossed his mind. The position ended up being published twice.
“As time went on there was no successful candidate the very first time around and then when the opportunity came up again I thought perhaps it’s a requiring me to voice my interest. After a procedure, I was offered the position,” stated Phillips.
He stated it’s a natural development in his career that started in 1989 as a firefighter and lifesaver, including he’s been involved with the fire brigade ever because, even when he wasn’t working directly in the field.
“Clearly I got involved with politics for lots of years however even in politics I was constantly associated with public safety and health areas. Bottom line is that I’m still involved in civil service and I’m thrilled to take what’s there and build on it for the security and security of our entire community.”
Stepping away from politics is something he stated he is going to miss. The move for him is natural career choice and has no plans to return to council.
“I’m definitely going to miss the sociability around the table despite the fact that we do have our differences at times. Eventually you’re at council table, you’re elected together and you exist through thick and thin which I’ll miss out on.”
Phillips likewise added that he wished to thank individuals of the neighborhood too.
“I appreciate the assistance and will continue to serve the community in a different capability.”
He will start his new responsibilities as director of public security on February 4. A by-election will be held to fill his seat at the table, which has yet to be announced.
Phillips did offer a couple of word of suggestions for the next chief to come in.
“Council is a really difficult role. You’re handling several things at once. If you’ve never ever been on council in the past, it’s a very, very high learning curve … I want them the best of luck!”
“In this present council I believe that we have the capability to fill in the space while somebody new is generated and inserted into the table.”
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