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Windsor Police Services Board posts job listing for chief position

Windsor Police Services Board posts job listing for chief position

Windsor Police Service badge for command positions.
Windsor Police Service badge for command positions. Windsor Star

There’s a new listing on a site for executive job opportunities: The position of Chief of Windsor police.

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The Windsor Police Services Board called attention to the posting on Thursday — sharing a link to the Odgers Berndtson website, which describes itself as “a premier leadership advisory firm specializing in executive search.”

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According to the listing, online applications are being accepted until Sept. 19.

In the post, the board announces that it is seeking a Chief of Police “whose leadership will inspire the trust and confidence of the communities it serves and staff within the service.”

The job description mentions the Windsor Police Service’s annual operating budget of $95 million and total complement of 650 sworn officers and civilian staff.

Windsor is described as “a vibrant city” with “the busiest international border crossing between Canada and the United States,” and the third-highest ethnic diversity in Canada.

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Windsor Police Service headquarters in downtown Windsor, as photographed in April 2021.
Windsor Police Service headquarters in downtown Windsor, as photographed in April 2021. Photo by Dan Janisse /Windsor Star

“A growing border community translates into growing demand for policing services,” the job post notes.

“Like many communities in North America, Windsor continues to face social issues of homelessness, mental health, and drug abuse.”

Applicants to the chief position must be prepared to be “a high-profile community leader” and “a visible presence” who will “ensure open communication within the service.”

“You will support your sworn officers and civilian employees, ensuring they have clearly defined goals, and the tools, training, and motivation they need to attain them,” the board declares.

Candidates should have “a strong educational background” along with extensive skills and experience in police leadership.

The job posting includes a “self-declaration form.” The Odgers Berndtson site notes that the firm is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Windsor Police Service is described as “an equal opportunity employer” that is in full compliance with the Accessible Canada Act and provincial accessibility standards.

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The Windsor Police Services Board would like to share that the job posting for Chief of Police, Windsor Police Service is now LIVE.

The posting will be found on the Odgers Berndtson website and can be accessed at: https://t.co/xGSuBRad7T

Open until September 19th, 2022

— Windsor Police Services Board (@WPSBoard) August 24, 2022

The position of Chief of the Windsor Police Service has been officially vacant since March 31 when Pam Mizuno departed after the sudden announcement of her retirement.

A protege of former Chief Al Frederick, Mizuno became Windsor’s first female police chief in October 2019, with Mayor Drew Dilkens personally giving Mizuno the news at a media event.

Just two-and-a-half years later, Mizuno was out of the role, citing her desire “to focus on my family” and spend more time with her two daughters.

With Mizuno’s retirement, Deputy Chief Jason Bellaire was immediately announced as Acting Chief.

Former Superintendent of Windsor police investigations Jason Crowley was promoted to Acting Deputy Chief of Operations, taking on Bellaire’s previous responsibilities.

Frank Providenti has stood as Deputy Chief of Operational Support since 2020.

Bellaire has said that he intends to apply for the permanent chief position.

Acting Chief of Windsor police Jason Bellaire addresses media in June 2022.
Acting Chief of Windsor police Jason Bellaire addresses media in June 2022. Photo by Dan Janisse /Windsor Star

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