Police Chief Bill Blair is out, as of next April

Police Chief Bill Blair is out, as of next April

(Image: screenshot from a press conference on November ) (Image: screenshot from a press conference in November )
 

The Toronto Police Services Board has just announced that it won’t be renewing police chief (and Toronto Life cover model) Bill Blair’s contract, meaning the veteran cop’s last day on the job will be April 25, 2015. Blair’s nine years in the Toronto Police Service’s top spot have not been without controversy. He oversaw the TPS’s response to the 2010 G20 summit, dealt with fallout from revelations about apparent racial profiling by the force and also, perhaps most notably, signed off on an elaborate investigation into Rob Ford’s off-the-books activities. It’s unclear, at this point, whether Blair actually sought a contract extension, or whether the split is mutual.

UPDATE: The Post is now reporting that Blair sought a contract extension, but was denied.