Police union calls lack of full-time chief 'disgraceful'

The Windsor Police Association says it's disgraceful that Windsor doesn't have a new full-time police chief in place.

The Windsor Police Association says it's "disgraceful" that Windsor doesn't have a new full-time police chief in place.

Former chief Gary Smith retired suddenly last December amid police brutality allegations.

Jason Dejong is president of the police association. He says the one question his members ask him every day is whether a new chief has been chosen.

"There's been nothing communicated and you just wonder how long can you keep this position at bay and not have someone who's in charge of the organization," Dejong said.

Dejong is president of the association that represents more 600 officers and civilian employees. He said not having a new full-time chief is affecting morale.

"It's not good to not have someone who's in charge of the organization. There's been absolutely no communication with the association," Dejong said.

Mayor Eddie Francis, who also chairs the police services board, said the police services board will not be rushed into making a selection. He said the board wants to make sure they get the right person for the job.

"The board recognizes that there's an opportunity here to ask the difficult questions and really test the candidates; put the candidates through a rigorous process. By doing so, the board is ensuring they're going to get the best candidate," Francis said.

 Francis won't say much about the selection process or when a decision will be made.

"The only thing that we're shooting for is the best candidate possible so we're not setting deadlines," he said. "The process is continuing and the board continues to work through the process."

Recently, the police services board interviewed four possible candidates for the position. The mayor won't say who they are.

Acting chief, Al Frederick, is one of the candidates who applied for the full-time job.