Declines pay during probe

Port Moody Mayor Rob Vagramov will no longer accept his pay while he’s on leave to deal with a charge of sexual assault.

Vagramov, who has been on a paid leave since the day after the charge was announced March 28, shared his decision in an email to city councillors Monday.

Council was scheduled to consider the status of his leave at a closed session Tuesday. But Acting Mayor Meghan Lahti said that’s now a moot point.

“We don’t have much to review if he’s taking an unpaid leave,” she said.

In the email, Vagramov said: "I have learned first hand how slowly the wheels of our justice system can turn, with this issue taking longer to resolve than I had expected."

He added, "I have become less and less comfortable receiving a full salary the longer this legal situation takes."

Elected as Port Moody’s mayor last October, Vagramov earns an annual salary of $111,833. The decision to grant him a paid leave was made in a special closed meeting of council March 28, then announced by Vagramov to a throng of media gathered at City Hall.

Less than a month later, council decided it would review Vagramov’s leave, and on May 8 it decided to stay the course but review its decision every 45 days.

Vagramov’s case has been adjourned until July 15. 

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