By PAM DOUGLAS
Peel Regional Police won’t look any further than their own employees to find the next chief of police.
The Peel Police Services Board decided Friday that there are “a number of individuals” to choose from who already work for the local police service, so there will be no need to interview any candidates from outside the region.
The new chief is expected to be named in early fall.
Chief Mike Metcalf retired at the end of March and Deputy Chief Paul Tetzlaff was appointed acting chief until a permanent replacement is named.
Peel has three deputy chiefs— Tetzlaff, Dan McDonald, Jennifer Evans— and the next chief is likely to be one of them.
“The day after we hired Chief Metcalf in 2006, we agreed with the chief that succession planning for his position would commence immediately,” said police board Chair Emil Kolb. “The plan has been monitored annually, and the board is fully confident we have a number of individuals that can step up to the top position.”
Kolb said the board will look for the right balance of skills and experience to match the current needs of the service, as well as an ability to understand and react to the changing dynamics of the region.
“The Region of Peel continues to grow and our community is perhaps the most diverse in the entire country,” Kolb said. “That diversity is a positive, however, it also adds to the complexity of delivering many of our public services, including police.”
Metcalf was the fifth chief of Peel Regional Police.
By PAM DOUGLAS