Scott Young (politician)
|Mayor of Port Coquitlam|
2001 – December 1, 2008
|Preceded by||Len Traboulay|
|Succeeded by||Greg Moore|
Scott Young (born 1961) was the mayor of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia from 2001 to December 1, 2008. Raised in Burnaby, Young was first elected mayor of Port Coquitlam in 2001, after serving as City Councillor from 1996-2000 and a school board trustee prior to that. He was re-elected in 2005.
In 2002, Young was arrested for allegedly assaulting his wife, and was sentenced to a one-year peace bond. In February, 2007, Young was arrested by local Royal Canadian Mounted Police for allegedly harassing his ex-girlfriend, Colleen Preston.
On April 4, 2007 Young was arrested and imprisoned, having been accused of breaking into Preston's gym and attacking her boyfriend and then herself. Following the arrest, Young officially remained mayor of the city, as he was not required to step aside under the Province of British Columbia's Community Charter, legislation governing municipalities. On April 13, Young stepped aside temporarily to seek counselling for alcoholism.
On May 21, 2008, Young pleaded guilty to 3 charges: 1 count of breaching an undertaking or recognizance and 2 counts of assault. On July 25, 2008 the Provincial Court of British Columbia handed down a twelve-month conditional sentence and also a curfew of 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. except for two Mondays a month for Council meetings, when he must return to his residence by 10:30 p.m. This sentence will be followed by 18 months of probation. The court stayed charges of breaking and entering, criminal harassment, and two additional charges of breach of recognizance.
During the sentence and the probationary period, Mayor Young cannot contact or approach Ms. Preston or Mr. Shaw, consume alcoholic beverages or other drugs, or own or use a weapon. He must receive counselling, and he is also ordered to perform 60 hours of community service and provide a DNA sample.
Young chose to run for a councillor's seat in the November 2008 Port Coquitlam municipal elections but was defeated. He was succeeded in the mayor's office by Greg Moore.
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- "PoCo mayor arrested". Coquitlam Now. February 23, 2007
- "Poco mayor facing seven charges". The Province. April 6, 2007
- Port Coquitlam's Mayor apologizing, not resigning. News 1130. Vancouver. April 13, 2007
- Port Coquitlam Mayor Scott Young gets a year of house arrest. The Province. July 25, 2008
- B.C. mayor gets conditional sentence for assault. Globe and Mail. July 25, 2008
- Port Coquitlam Municipal Elections