Search is on for new Police Chief

Thursday, February 27, 2014   by: Darren Taylor

The search has begun in earnest for a successor to Sault Ste. Marie Police Service Chief Bob Davies.

Chief Davies (pictured) announced in December he will be retiring after 37 years of service with the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service, effective June 30, 2014.

Davies has served as Chief since December 1996.

It was announced by Sault Ste. Marie Police Service Board Chair Ian MacKenzie at Wednesday’s Board meeting that Tanya Todorovic of Toronto consulting firm Odgers Berndtson has been brought in to help find a new Sault Police Chief.

The Board will be looking at applicants from within the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service and across Ontario, MacKenzie said.

MacKenzie told reporters that Odgers Berndtson has “a great deal of experience in assisting in the hiring of Police Chiefs across the province.”

Odgers Berndtson is being paid approximately $35,000 to assist Sault Police, though MacKenzie said that figure “isn’t completely finalized yet.”

MacKenzie said Todorovic met with three members of the Board Tuesday, and will be following up by telephone with two other Board members who were not available, including Sault Ste. Marie Mayor Debbie Amaroso.

MacKenzie said Todorovic was given a list of about 36 stakeholders who the consultant may wish to confer with to gather input regarding what those stakeholders are looking for in a new Sault Police Chief.

MacKenzie said the consultant will be meeting with “a dozen or so” of those stakeholders, more if she wishes to.

Those stakeholders include law enforcement agencies, service groups and other entities, including the RCMP, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), Anishinabek Police Service, service groups such as the Canadian Mental Health Association, educational institutions and others.

MacKenzie said: “We’re assuming they (the consulting firm) will have quite a group of potential candidates for us because they’ve been so involved with so many other municipalities looking for police chiefs across the province.”

“Hopefully we’ll get some candidates finalized by the end of May.”

MacKenzie said: “They (the consulting firm) will get to the point where the last two, three or four candidates will come to the Board, and then the Board will make the decision as to who we actually hire.”

MacKenzie said the Board hopes to have a new Police Chief in place by early June, or July 1 at the latest.