Waterloo Regional Police Services Board Selects Search Firm to Conduct a Search for Chief of Police

Police Services Board Media Release

Waterloo Region, Ontario The Waterloo Regional Police Services Board announced today that it has selected an executive search firm to support the recruitment of a new Chief of Police for the Waterloo Regional Police Service.

Boyden Canada, a global talent and leadership advisory firm, was hired to conduct a nation-wide search after current Chief Bryan Larkin announced his retirement last month. His last day with the Waterloo Regional Police Service will be July 3, 2022.

“The selection of a new Chief of Police is critical and we are confident Boyden Canada will identify candidates that will reflect the goals and values we expect from our police service,” said Board Chair Karen Redman.

The Police Services Board also announced that Staff Superintendent John Goodman has been appointed Acting Chief of Police, effective July 4, 2022. Staff Superintendent Goodman will hold the interim position until a permanent Chief of Police is appointed.

Staff Superintendent John Goodman

“Throughout his career with the Waterloo Regional Police Service, Staff Superintendent Goodman has supported the development and coordination of various youth programs, has been a champion for enhanced crisis management with the Integrated Mobile Police and Crisis Team (IMPACT) partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association, and has built and fostered meaningful relationships and partnerships within our community through the Total Community Engagement pillar of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion plan,” said Chair Karen Redman. “The Board is confident in his ability to provide professional and skilled leadership during this period.”

Staff Superintendent Goodman has been a member of the Waterloo Region Police Service for over 27 years and has served the community in various roles, including frontline policing, the Intelligence Unit, the Drug Unit, Professional Standards Branch, the Homicide Unit, Court Services and Neighbourhood Policing Divisional Leadership. In his role as Staff Superintendent, he oversaw Neighbourhood Policing and Investigations, including the Operation Support Division, Emergency Services and Public Safety Branch and the Field Support Branch.

The Waterloo Regional Police Services Board is a civilian oversight body that governs the Waterloo Regional Police Service. Under the provisions of the Ontario Police Services Act, the Board is responsible for the provision of adequate and effective police services for the residents of the Region of Waterloo.

Media Inquires:
Jill Eggleton
Executive Assistant
Waterloo Regional Police Services Board
519-570-9777 ext. 8853


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