William Ward Appointed Police Chief – September 4, 1895

Six City officers’ positions were merged into three, and thirty days’ notice was given to four officers . William Ward appointed Police Chief.

This transcript was made in 2021 by Transcribimus volunteers Hal Bell-Irving

original handwritten minutes: City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 3 pages 626-628

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The Council met on Wednesday September 4th 1895, at 7:30 P.M.
Present: His Worship, the Mayor and full Board of Aldermen.

On motion the Council adjourned for half an hour to talk over matters informally.

On reassembling it was moved by Alderman Bethune, Seconded by Alderman Brown,
That – the offices of Poll Tax Collector and Assessor be amalgamated, also the offices of Health Inspector & Plumbing Inspector and the offices of Milk Inspector & License Inspector/

Moved by Alderman Coupland,
Seconded by Alderman Gallagher,
That – the Poll Tax Collector, Milk Inspector, Health Inspector and Plumbing Inspector be given 30 days notice that their services will not be required by the City after the said 30 days,

Moved by Alderman Gallagher, 
Seconded by Alderman Coupland, 
That – the clerical work in the Water Works Department be turned over to the financial department.

Moved by Alderman Clandenning,
Seconded by Alderman McPhaiden,
That – the Council proceed to ballot for the appointment of a Chief of Police.

The following made application for the position.
A.D. McDonald, Wm. Ward, James McGeer, J.C. Cruchank, R.E. Green, J.W. Johnston, R.S. Colwell, M.T.L. Lloyd, J.M. Steward, Thos Crawford, Thos English, James Hislop, J.R. Alexander, A. Whitaker, Hugh Condrew, Sam Greer & T. W. Haywood.

Moved by Alderman Clandenning,
Seconded by Alderman Coupland,
That – T.W. Haywood’s name be struck off the list – his application not having been in on time.

The Council then proceeded to ballot:

After two were taken it was found that W. Ward received the majority of the votes,

It was thus moved by Alderman Gallagher,
Seconded by Alderman Coupland,
That – W. Ward be appointed Chief of Police at a salary of $100 per month.

Moved by Alderman Brown,
Seconded by Alderman Clandenning,
That – applications be called for the combined positions of Poll Tax Collector and Assessor, Health Inspector & Plumbing Inspector & Milk Inspector and License Inspector. Such applications to be received up to Wednesday, Sept 25th 1895.

Notice of Motion

Alderman Gallagher gave notice that at next meeting of Council he would move for an account of the charges Mr. Hamersley has made to parties borrowing money from the City and any other matters connected with the Loaning Board and Mr. Hamersley’s charges to same.

The Council then adjourned.

Henry Collins

Thos. McGuigan
City Clerk