With the impending retirement of DRPS Chief Paul Martin next month, an interim replacement has been appointed.
The Durham Regional Police Services Board has announced that current Deputy Chief Todd Rollauer will assume the role of interim chief effective Sept. 12.
“Deputy Chief Rollauer is recognized for his collaborative leadership, and his calm, confident and strategic manner has earned him a superior reputation with the membership of the DRPS and across the community,” stated Kevin Ashe, Chair of the Police Services Board.
“He has the knowledge, experience, and character to excel in this role.”
Deputy Chief Rollauer began as a cadet with the DRPS in 1987. He has served at the senior level for the last decade, being promoted to Inspector in 2010, and has diverse frontline and administrative leadership experience across the organization.
“It is an honour to accept this appointment and to serve our community as Interim Chief of Police,” said Deputy Chief Rollauer.
“The women and men of the DRPS are second to none and I am privileged to be chosen to lead them in this capacity.”
The board will be launching a selection process for choosing the next DRPS chief in the months ahead.
“The first step in this process will be to seek the assistance of an independent recruitment firm and a competitive process to choose the firm will be launched in the fall. A comprehensive consultation phase on the selection criteria for the Chief of Police will then occur,” reads a media release.
“The board, with the support of the chosen recruitment firm, will seek the input of DRPS members, partner agencies, community representatives, including representatives of our diverse communities, on the skills, experience and attributes necessary for the chief of police to succeed.”
The media release states that Deputy Chief Rollauer has advised the board that he is unable to make the long-term commitment to the position and will not be participating in this competitive process.