Mayor Keith Hobbs
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Mayor Keith Hobbs was elected mayor of Thunder Bay, Ontario in the 2010 municipal election as a first time political candidate. Mayor Hobbs served as a member of the Thunder Bay Police for 34 years joining in 1976 and retiring in 2010.
Mayor Hobbs was born in London, England and immigrated to Canada at a young age where his family settled in Thunder Bay in 1964. Mayor Hobbs is one of nine children raised by an educator and Provincial employee; his mother was a teacher and a MI5 British Intelligence Staff Sergeant and his father a Coldstream Guard later retiring as the Provincial local LCBO union representative. After graduating high school and college, Mayor Hobbs worked in the grain industry, Great Lakes Paper (now Resolute Forest Products) and other industries prior to his policing career.
The Mayor’s policing career offered a unique insight into the challenges facing Thunder Bay and being on Council allows him a venue to address community poverty, ethnic and cultural equality, economic diversification that offer good-paying jobs and housing for all citizens. Mayor Hobbs is compelled to raise the bar in community safety and crime reduction with a commitment to having a safer, inclusive, cleaner, greener, prosperous and proud community with the assistance and partnership of every citizen and business in the City of Thunder Bay.
In 2013, Mayor Hobbs was appointed Chair of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (GLSLCI), a bi-national coalition of United States of America and Canadian mayors and other local officials that work actively with federal, state, and provincial governments to advance the protection and restoration of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River.
Mayor Hobbs feels social progress and economic opportunities go hand-in-hand and advocates that belief on behalf of everyone who lives in the City of Thunder Bay. President John F. Kennedy said, "Economic growth without social progress lets the great majority of people remain in poverty while a privileged few reap the benefits of rising abundance." Mayor Hobbs is part of a growing undertaking of citizens who continue to share in the growing determination to make Thunder Bay a better place to live and enjoy are a part of the community’s will to shift social and economic progress further ahead.