The Globe and Mail (BC Edition) - - EDITORIAL -

I am now 73, worked as a pub­lic ser­vant for 38 years, and as much as I sup­port se­niors in a pro­duc- tive life, it is in­con­ceiv­able to me that the best, most qual­i­fied can­di­date to head the OPP is a 72year-old, mid-rank of­fi­cer of the Toronto Po­lice Ser­vice (TPS).

Ron Tav­erner joined the TPS in 1967 (the same year I grad­u­ated from univer­sity), so he’s had a long and suc­cess­ful ca­reer there. But he can’t pos­si­bly be the “best” can­di­date for the OPP’s top job, lead­ing more than 6,000 uni­formed of­fi­cers, not to men­tion more than 3,000 aux­il­iary and civil­ian per­son­nel.

He’s never had re­spon­si­bil­ity for more than 700 of­fi­cers at the TPS, where he never made it past the mid­dle ranks.

I think it is time for us to hear from Mr. Tav­erner and pub­licly ask him why he wants this job, what can he of­fer and why he does not think it is time to re­tire? Other, younger, more qual­i­fied of­fi­cers could do bet­ter.

Fred Pin­cock Oakville, Ont.

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