Interviews underway for next RCMP commissioner

Interviews underway for next RCMP commissioner
From CBC - November 22, 2017

Interviews are underway this week for the next commissioner of the RCMP and the government'snewly announced selection committee provides clues about what the government is looking for in the new leader of the national police force.

Late last week, headhunting firm Boydennotified some applicants they wereno longer under consideration for the opportunity to replace former commissioner Bob Paulson, who retired at the end of June, according to one person contacted by the firm who spoke to CBC News on condition of anonymity.

Earlier this week, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale unveiled his long-awaited selection committee, which is headed by Frank McKenna, who served as an ambassador and premier of New Brunswick.

The choices for the six-woman, three-man committee suggest what skills and attributes the government is prioritizing in the new commissioner.

The RCMP's change in leadership comes after another round of blistering reports about dysfunction in the national police force and recommendations that the federal government legislate civilian governance and oversight of the Mounties.

The RCMP itself will soon be sentenced for failing to provide adequate use-of-force equipment and training to the Moncton, N.B., Mounties who were killed or wounded while trying to stop gunman Justin Bourque in June 2014.

And Mounties are in the process of organizing their first labour association. Up until now, the RCMP has been the only major non-unionized police force in Canada.

Expertisein labour, change, diversity

That may explain why Goodale asked former Winnipeg police chief Devon Clunis and Barbara Byers, a former senior executive with the Canadian Labour Congress, to join the committee.

Canada's first black police chief, Clunis led a modern, unionized force for four years.

Before her retirement from the large labour organization, Byers was responsible for several high-profile issues at the labour congress such as workplace training, employees with disabilities and LGBT workers.

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