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Keith Hobbs (politician)

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Keith Hobbs
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Mayor of Thunder Bay, Ontario
Assumed office
December 1, 2010
Preceded byLynn Peterson
Succeeded byBill Mauro (elect)
Personal details
Born (1952-07-09) July 9, 1952 (age 66)
London, England

Keith Hobbs (born July 9, 1952) is a Canadian politician, who was elected mayor of Thunder Bay in Ontario in the 2010 municipal election.[1] Prior to his term in political office, Hobbs served as a member of the Thunder Bay Police for 34 years.[2] Hobbs was born in London, UK and immigrated to Canada at a young age. His family settled in Thunder Bay in 1964.[2] In 2017 Hobbs and city's police chief, J. P. Levesque, were charged with alleged extortion and obstruction of justice by the Ontario Provincial Police.[3]

Criminal charges

On July 21, 2017, Hobbs and his wife were charged by the Ontario Provincial Police with extortion and obstruction of justice.[3] The police statement alleges that Keith and Marisa Hobbs and city resident Mary Voss tried to pressure Alexander Zaitzeff, a prominent lawyer in the city, to buy Voss a house in exchange for her silence regarding an allegation that Zaitzeff had sexually assaulted her.[3] Hobbs took a 90-day leave of absence from his duties as mayor upon the announcement of the charges,[3] returning on September 25.[4][5]

The city's police chief, J. P. Levesque, has also been under suspension since May after being charged with breach of trust and obstruction of justice for allegedly disclosing confidential information about Hobbs.[6] Police have confirmed that the charges stem from the same investigation.[6]

City Council Mining meeting disruption

On April 9, 2013, Hobbs, while attending a Thunder Bay City Council meeting, arrested a man who stood up and began shouting profanities and was interrupting the meeting. When police arrived, they verified that the man was intoxicated and charged him for being intoxicated in a public place under the Ontario Liquor Licence Act and was ticketed and fined $65 dollars. He was put in a drunk tank, until he sobered up.[7]

References

  1. ^ "Hobbs new city mayor". The Chronicle-Journal, October 26, 2010.
  2. ^ a b "City of Thunder Bay - Profile". City of Thunder Bay, December 10, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d "Thunder Bay mayor Keith Hobbs, two others charged with extortion". The Globe and Mail, July 21, 2017.
  4. ^ "Thunder Bay mayor returning to public duties on Monday". CBC News Thunder Bay, September 25, 2017.
  5. ^ "Thunder Bay, Ont., police chief found not guilty of obstruction, breach of trust". January 25, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs, wife and 1 other charged with extortion". CBC Thunder Bay, July 21, 2017.
  7. ^ "Arrest by mayor overshadows mining meeting". CBC.ca. 2013-04-10. Retrieved 2013-04-10.