Police Services Board

Vacant Position: Community Representative 

The Guelph Police Services Board is a provincially mandated governance board with responsibility for the oversight of the Guelph Police Service. It is a five-member board: Two members are selected by City Council, two are appointed by Orders in Council by the Province, and one is a community representative.

The vacant position will be for one community representative. The following criteria are applicable to the vacancy:

  • Experience or updated knowledge of the role of a governance board in a provincially regulated organization;
  • Experience in negotiations, financial management, analytical problem solving;
  • A collaborative work ethic;
  • A commitment to policing as a pivotal community asset;
  • A forward looking approach to community safety.

Applications, found at http://guelph.ca/wp-content/uploads/committee-application.pdf, must be received by the City Clerk’s office no later than Thursday, October 4, 2018.

The successful applicants for consideration will be notified and will be required to obtain a police check subsequent to the notification.

If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact the Executive Assistant, Cheryl Polonenko at board@guelphpolice.ca.



The Guelph Police Services Board for 2018 is comprised of five members who serve on a part-time basis:

  • Donald Drone, Chair - Appointed by the Ontario Government
  • Judy Sorbara, Vice-Chair - Appointed by the Ontario Government
  • Leonard Griffiths - Community Member appointed by City Council
  • Mayor Cam Guthrie - Elected Member of City Council
  • City Councilor Christine Billings - Elected Member of City Council

How to become a member of the Guelph Police Services Board.


The Guelph Police Services Board is the civilian oversight body that is responsible for providing adequate and effective police services in Guelph. The Board's authority is established by Section 31 of the Police Services Act.

The Board has general superintending authority over the police service through policy and Strategic Business Plan development and specific administrative tasks. The Chief of Police is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the police service and he and senior staff meet regularly with the Board to discuss options and priorities for the best delivery of policing to the City of Guelph.

The Board is also responsible for developing the operating and capital estimates for the police service, which are ultimately approved by Council. The Board, as the employer, is also responsible for collective bargaining with the police associations and other labour relations matters.

If you would like more information, please contact Cheryl Polonenko, Executive Assistant to the Board,  (519) 824-1212 ext. 7213.