Halifax Regional Police Chief Jean Michel Blais today announced his intention to retire as Chief of Police by March 31, 2019. Chief Blais was appointed to this role on October 11, 2012 after spending 25 years with the RCMP.
“Leading the dedicated Halifax Regional Police team and serving our community as Chief of Police have been two of the greatest privileges of my professional life. The decision to retire is not one I made lightly,” said Chief Blais. “Our employees’ dedication to service and commitment to our communities has been a constant source of inspiration to me in this role.
We have made great progress together as a team – and I thank all our employees and citizens of Halifax Regional Municipality for this incredible honour to serve.”
“On behalf of the Board of Police Commissioners, I thank Chief Blais for his service and dedication to the citizens of HRM in his role as Chief of Police. His leadership has played a strong role in positioning HRP and its employees for exceptional service of our community well into the future,” said Councilor Steve Craig, Chair of the Board of Police Commissioners (BoPC). “We look forward to a smooth transition and a thorough selection process for the next Chief, ensuring HRM citizens can continue to look to HRP for the same level of service and commitment to their safety that they are accustomed to.”
Chief Blais will continue to lead HRP as Chief of Police over the next several months leading up to his retirement, leading the organization steadily forward on its strategic agenda and working closely with BoPC.
He will continue his duties until the formal change of command ceremony is held, following the completion of a recruitment process for a new Chief.
Source: Media Release