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(Updated 4:30 p.m., Sept. 9)
Herb Kreling resigns council seat to become Justice of the Peace
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Orléans Ward Coun. Herb Kreling's 11 year career in politics has come to an abrupt end with word that he has accepted an appointment to the office of Justice of the Peace for Ottawa and Eastern Ontario.

Kreling announced his resignation earlier today when he received word that the province had accepted a Justice of the Peace Review Council recommendation that he be appointed to the position.

Kreling, 50, was first elected to regional council in 1994 after the initial result showed that he had tied Bob Monette. A recount gave him the victory by less than 100 votes. He was later re-elected in 1997 and again in 2000 when the former municipalities of Ottawa-Carleton were amalgamated.

In 2003 he was re-elected to a fourth term by an overwhelming majority.

For the past six years he's also chaired the Ottawa Police Service Board and has been a staunch advocate of the police service and it's ongoing needs.

Kreling first applied to become a Justice of the Peace in early 2005. The Justice of the Peace Review Council interviewed him in April and it wasn't until several weeks ago that he found out that the Council had recommended him for the position. The ultimate decision on his appointment was made by the provincial Attorney General. He begins training on Sept. 15.

In announcing his decision to resign his city council seat a year before the end of the current term, Kreling noted that certain opportunities don't always offer themselves on a perfect schedule.

“Sometimes in your life and career there are new opportunities and challenges that present themselves. I am honoured to have had the opportunity to serve the residents of Orléans and Ottawa. And, while I am resigning from Council, I will in my new position be able to continue to contribute and serve the residents,” says Kreling.

In becoming a JP, Kreling is following in the footsteps of former Gloucester Mayor Claudette Cain, who was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 2001.

In looking back over his career, Kreling says it is difficult to point to any one highlight in particular.

"It's been so many things. Everything from helping a resident get their curb fixed in front of their home to the big things like Petrie Island, the Ray Friel expansion and St. Joseph Blvd.," says Kreling.

Fellow east end councillor Rob Jellett says Kreling's departure will leave a large void in the local political landscape.

"I think it's going to be a big loss. He's really been a tremendous councillor who's worked hard for his constituents and was plugged in around the council table. Personally, I'm going to miss him a lot and I think the east end is going to miss him," said Jellett when asked to comment on the surprising news.

With the Orleans Ward seat soon to be declared vacant, city council can decide to do one of two things under the Municipal Act -- they can hold a by-election which is highly unlikely in light of the fact that the next municipal election is only a year off and the cost is prohibitive, or they can invite residents to "apply" for the job and select a successor through a vote in council. Either way, it's likely a successor will be in place before Christmas.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)


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