A Courtenay councillor recently charged with assault is on mandatory leave from his duties with the city.
Coun. David Frisch, first elected to council in 2014, has been charged with domestic assault contrary to section 266 of the criminal code, a court document sent to CHEK News shows.
The incident is alleged to have happened on Jan. 7, states the document dated Jan. 18. Frisch made his first appearance in Courtenay court on Thursday.
In a statement, the City of Courtenay says Frisch has been relieved of his duties per the community charter. He’ll continue to hold office and get paid while on leave, as noted in sections 109.1 through 109.3 of the charter.
“This section applies to a council member who is charged with an offence under the criminal code,” the city said in a statement Friday. “At this time, this matter is before the courts. No further comment will be provided until the matter has been concluded.”