WHY YOU, MR. TAVERNER?
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.