Ottawa police council: Province appoints three new members

The province has appointed three new people to the Ottawa Police Service Council, weeks after the previously appointed ones resigned following the ‘Freedom Convoy’ protests.

The newly appointed men provided the council with a full list of members for the first time since the convoy and as a result caused unprecedented upheaval in the council.

Salim Fakirani, Peter Henschel and Michael Doucet have been appointed to the board of directors, which are scheduled to meet on Monday.

“We have consulted with the City of Ottawa and have selected the best and highly qualified leaders who bring the necessary expertise to help direct the Ottawa Police Service going forward,” spokeswoman Attorney General Sylvia Jones said in a statement.

Fakirani is a senior attorney with the federal Department of Justice, and previously was a lawyer on the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

Henschel is a former deputy commissioner of the RCMP. Doucet is the former head of the Security Intelligence Review Committee, now called the National Security and Intelligence Review Agency.

The police service board has seven appointed persons. Four are elected by the Ottawa city council, and three by the province.

The pre-appointed men in the province resigned earlier this month after it was revealed that one of them had attended a ‘Freedom Convoy’ demonstration in downtown Ottawa.

Prior to that, the board voted to replace the Count. Diane Dean as chairman of the board with the Count. Eli El-Chantiry, former chairman. The move came after the Dean spearheaded bringing in a new head soon after Chief Peter Sloly left the job.

Other board members, including board members Rawlson King and Carol Anne Meehan, resigned in protest at the Dean’s dismissal.

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