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Toronto Police Board posts job posting for next city chief

The Toronto Police Board has released the job offer for the city’s next chief, a move that comes nearly two years after the chair was vacated by the last top police officer.

In a job posting that was made public on Tuesday, the Toronto Police Board said it was looking for a “progressive, strategic and inspirational law enforcement executive” to take on the role of Chief of Police. police.

The candidate must have significant policing experience, “sharp business acumen” and the ability to lead change in the context of “police reform,” according to the job description posted on the website of Boyden Canada, the law enforcement firm. executive search hired by the board.

There’s no hiring timeline set in the announcement, but the police commission said James Ramer, who has been acting chief since August 2020, will hold the job until Dec. 31, 2022.

The job offer comes just under two years since Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders announced his sudden retirement in June 2020. The end of his term came eight months earlier, amid a pandemic and just weeks after the murder of George Floyd began. a continent-wide consideration of systemic racism in policing.

Saunders, who is now running as the Progressive Conservative candidate in Don Valley West, said at the time he was leaving for personal reasons, including a desire to spend more time with his family.

The council has been criticized for its lengthy search for the next leader; since Saunders’ departure, all deputy police chiefs who served under him have retired, left for other work, or been seconded, with the exception of Ramer, who agreed to be chief on condition that he did not apply when the council launched the hiring. Last year, the police commission extended Ramer’s contract until the end of this year after initially announcing that a new chief would be hired in 2021.

Ryan Teschner, executive director of the police commission, told the Star that the chief selection process “will be characterized by the broadest, deepest and most transparent approach to public engagement possible”, but would take more time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last year the council held public consultations which it said were “the most extensive for a leader selection process the council has held to date” and included four town halls in different parts of the city and a online survey.

According to an Environics Research report summarizing the comments, the top qualities sought by members of the public included being an accountable leader, a “brave system changer” and someone focused on fighting discrimination and discrimination. inclusion.

Wendy Gillis is a Toronto-based reporter who covers crime and policing for the Star. Contact her by email at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter: @wendygillis

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