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Hamilton Police Chief Glenn De Caire.

Hamilton Chief De Caire won’t say if he wants to replace Blair as Toronto’s top cop

By Richard Leitner, News Staff

Hamilton Police Chief Glenn De Caire won’t comment on whether he’s interested in replacing his former boss, Bill Blair, asToronto’s top cop.

The silence comes as both the Globe and Mail and Toronto Star are pegging De Caire as a leading potential successor to Blair, whose request for a contract extension was turned down by the Toronto police board this week.

The Toronto board is now set to begin the search to replace Blair when his term ends in April.

De Caire came to Hamilton from the Toronto Police Service, where he worked for 29 years and served as a superintendent from 2005 until he arrived here in 2009.

“The Chief is not going to comment on the pending vacancy of the position of the Chief of Police of the Toronto Police Service,” Const. Debbie McGreal-Dinning, media spokesperson for the Hamilton police, wrote in an email response to an inquiry by Hamilton Community News.

The question about De Caire’s intentions comes little more than six weeks after the Hamilton police board voted 4-3 to accept his request to rescind the resignation he had tendered last fall and it had accepted in December.

Hamilton police board chair Lloyd Ferguson, who supported De Caire’s controversial request, wasn’t immediately available for comment.

West Mountain councillor Terry Whitehead, a police board member who opposed rescinding De Caire’s resignation, said he couldn’t comment on the situation because it’s a personnel issue.

He said Ferguson is seeking legal advice on “what he can communicate” to the public.

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