Halton Police Services Board ready to announce a new chief on Friday. Choice is not from existing ranks.

REVISED June 29; 8:25 am

By Pepper Parr

BURLINGTON, ON  June 28, 2012  The Halton Regional Police Service has a new chief.  The Police Services Board made their decision this morning and will announce their choice on Friday.

To use police language, the announcement has to wait until the next of kin has been advised, which means the new chief has to advise the police service he is presently with, that he is on his way out.

We do know this:

A new uniform with the Halton Regional Police Service crest sewn on the shoulder will be made up soon for the new police chief to be announced Friday morning.

The choice is not current Deputy Chiefs Bob Percy nor is it Deputy Chief Andrew Fletcher.  Both are believed to have been in the running but the Board decided to bring in someone from outside the Halton Police Service.

However, the person being brought in is believed to have served with the Halton Police Service at some time in the past.

The Board used a firm of head hunters that had extensive experience with municipal and police force hires.

We know that the choice comes from a large reasonably local police service and that the name is one that will not surprise many people.

Former police chief Gary Crowley advised the Board WHEN that he wanted to retire.  Health issues had him operating at less than full capacity and while Crowley was well served by two seasoned deputy’s it was time for the Region to look for a new chief.

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