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Retired police chief honoured by Character Abbotsford

Mike Serr recognized at meeting on Nov. 23 for ‘exemplary leadership’
Mayor Ross Siemens (right) presents retiring Abbotsford Police Chief Mike Serr with an appreciation plaque on Nov. 23 during a Character Abbotsford event. (Submitted photo)

Character Abbotsford hosted a speaker event on Nov. 23 that featured recently retired Abbotsford Police Chief Mike Serr.

Presented in an interview format, the discussion focused on Serr’s career path and the various major challenges that the community has faced during his leadership.

Serr shared his learning throughout the interview that focused on the themes of effective communication, caring for people, and strength found in community.

Mayor Ross Siemens, a member of the Character Council, presented Serr with a plaque and gift on behalf of Character Abbotsford for the exemplary leadership that he has provided to the community.

Serr retired from his position with the Abbotsford Police Department on Nov. 2. Colin Watson, former deputy police chief with the Victoria Police Department, now leads the department.

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Serr is now serving as the administrator of the Surrey Police Board after Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworh temporarily suspended the board, of which Surrey Mayor Brenda Locke was the chairperson.

Locke was opposed the transition of the Surrey RCMP to the Surrey Police Service.

Character Abbotsford will open three council events to the public each year.

The next events are a tour of the Peace and Reconciliation Centre at University of the Fraser Valley on Jan. 11 and the Character in Action Awards on May 9, 2024.

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