September 6, 2017 12:48 pm

Search starts for new Saskatoon police chief

Board of police commission starts the process to select a new Saskatoon police chief to replace the retiring Clive Weighill.

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The search is on for a new Saskatoon police chief.

Current Chief Clive Weighill announced in June that he will be retiring as head of the force by October after serving in the position for 11 years.

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The Saskatoon board of police commissioners said the campaign to recruit a new chief is underway.

“The police commission will again be undertaking all of the required steps and overseeing all aspects of the recruiting campaign, just as it did in 2006 when it successfully recruited and hired Chief Weighill,” commission chair Darlene Brander said in a release.

Brander said the board is in agreement that attributes important to community are part of the selection process.

“We have listened very carefully, and heard very clearly, just how important the police chief is as a leader in our city, helping to build confidence and a sense of safety for the whole community,” Brander said.

“We have also heard how important it is that the commission recruits a new chief of police who will continue the relationship building within the community and who continues to fully engage all members of the Saskatoon Police Service.”

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Members of the community can complete a short survey on the police commission’s website, stating their views of what attributes they are looking for in a chief.

“We fully understand this decision is an important one to people in Saskatoon and we are also very cognizant of citizens’ expectations of building on the leadership success that has been achieved over the past decade,” Brander said.

“For those reasons, the commission will take the time required to ensure those expectations are met.”

Applications close on Oct. 6 and the commission will then proceed with interviews and reference checks.

The commission is looking to have a new chief in place within the first three months of 2018.

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