Byelection to be held for MCK seat

Written by on January 8, 2019

After less than 6 months back in his job as a Mohawk Council of Kahnawake (MCK) Chief, Lloyd Phillips is stepping down from council to take over as Director of Public Safety.

“I’ve been passionate about public safety, emergency response and things of that nature my whole life,” Phillips told K1037 News. “It’s been part of my career my whole life,” said the 49-year-old former paramedic. “I see this almost as a natural evolution,” he said.

Phillips began the 3-year term on July 10th of 2018.

MCK Grand Chief Joe Norton called the job change ‘abrupt’ but said that Phillip’s experience on council will serve him well in the new role.
“He’s gained a lot of valuable experience in a number of different areas – more specifically in public security,” said Norton. “He’s quite welcome in terms of what he will bring to the table,” he said.

A byelection will now be held to replace Phillips at the Council table – a seat he has held off-and-on for more than 16 years.

Phillips is stepping in to replace the current Director of Public Safety, Arnold Lazar, who will be moving into a part-time role as Special Projects Advisor to the Public Safety Unit.

In his new role, Phillips will also take on some of the responsibility of the Public Safety Commissioner— a job that has been vacant since Ron Skye announced his retirement last September. Phillips will officially remain as a Council Chief until February 4th when he steps into the Director of Public Safety role.

The MCK says an Electoral Officer will be appointed, and dates confirmed for nominations and election.

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