The Ford government is delaying the appointment of Ron Taverner as the province’s top cop until an investigation into allegations of political interference in the hiring process is complete. Taverner, a longtime Toronto Police officer and family friend of Premier Doug Ford, made the request for a delay in his appointment to the job of OPP commissioner. The 72-year-old was supposed to take over today. Taverner did not initially qualify for the role, but the government has admitted it lowered the requirements for the job to attract a wider range of candidates. However, the Progressive Conservatives have repeatedly denied that the premier’s office had anything to do with his hiring.
Acting OPP commissioner Brad Blair had asked the courts to order the provincial ombudsman to investigate the appointment of his successor. Last week, he also asked Ombudsman Paul Dube to probe the controversial hiring process that saw Taverner get the job, but admitted the watchdog had turned down his request.
The Canadian Press
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