Hamilton police Chief Glenn De Caire will keep his job for at least another two years.
The police services board voted 4-3 Monday to renew De Caire’s contract for two years with the option of extending it for another three.
Last September, De Caire submitted his resignation from the service, saying he would retire on Dec. 31, 2014. The board accepted his resignation in a 4-3 vote last December.
But last Wednesday, De Caire notified members that he wanted to remain in the job and then announced it publicly on CHML’s Bill Kelly Show.
His announcement came after different influential community members lobbied for him to stay.
Board chair Lloyd Ferguson said he couldn’t disclose how members voted, but admitted to changing his vote.
He said the board recognizes the achievements of the service under the leadership of De Caire, including a 19 per cent reduction in violent crime in 2012, an increased emphasis on traffic safety enforcement resulting in enhanced road safety and reduction in collisions and successful innovative and award-winning initiatives that have enhanced public safety.
“It was not an easy decision, the process wasn’t great, I acknowledge that. But what woke me up in the middle of night was it’s the right thing for public safety and that’s the key role of the police to have an experienced person like Chief De Caire at the helm for another two years,” Ferguson said. “Now we have to do that at a reasonable cost and the chief and I will continue to have spirited conversations about that. But that’s why I voted the way I did, because I really thought it was the right thing to do for public safety.”
More to come.