The Ottawa Police Service is looking to hire a third deputy chief for its ranks, the police commission said on Friday.
A nationwide recruiting search is expected to begin “in the coming weeks,” but the board has given no timeline on when it will hire the senior officer or assign the successful candidate to the post.
“There has been, and continues to be, a lot of change at the Ottawa Police Service,” said Board Chairman Coun. said Diane Deans.
“The Leader needs a strong and stable leadership team to help lead these changes. The Board seeks to provide increased support and stability to the Leader and the department through this recruitment.”
The service currently has two deputy chief positions, one of which has been temporarily occupied by various superintendents since March 2020, when deputy chief Uday Jaswal was suspended with pay by the board of directors.
Charged deputy chief remains on payroll
Jaswal was charged in 2020 with six counts of misconduct – three counts of improper conduct and three counts of insubordination – for allegedly sexually harassing three OPS employees. These charges are currently the subject of an ongoing disciplinary hearing.
These were the first disciplinary charges brought against the officer. In April 2021, Jaswal was charged again after his alleged attempt to negotiate a Durham police officer’s own misconduct charges in exchange for information, including that “of a sexual nature”, about senior officials in this force. These accusations date back to when he was deputy head of this service.
He remains suspended with pay as an Ottawa police officer, which means that after hiring a new deputy chief, taxpayers will continue to pay four salaries.
The board said on Friday that the new deputy chief post “will be funded using vacancy funding from existing operating funds that support the current acting deputy chief post and will not have increased impact on the budget “.