$200G payday awaits new head of RCMP Complaints Commission
RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson arrives for a Public Safety committee at Parliament Hill Oct 3, 2012, in Ottawa, Ontario. (ANDRE FORGET/QMI AGENCY files)
The chairman of the new Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP (CRCC) will have a salary that could exceed $200,000 per year.
The feds have published a notice of vacancy to lead the CRCC when it's set up later this year as a beefed up replacement for the current Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP.
"Under his or her own authority, the chairperson will initiate complaints, investigations and public hearings when deemed in the public interest," the government says in its job posting. "He or she will also conduct reviews of specified RCMP activities to ensure they are carried out in accordance with statute, regulations, ministerial directives, policies, procedures and guidelines."
Applicants have until April 7 to submit a resume to the Privy Council Office. Managerial experience, as well as knowledge of the law and police procedures, are listed among the qualifications.
"Proficiency in both official languages" is also preferred.
A Public Safety official told QMI Agency on Sunday the new CRCC "will be implemented in the near future."
The feds have been working on building the new commission since Bill C-42 received Royal Assent last June - part of the effort to improve public confidence in the Mounties after numerous sexual harassment allegations within the force, along with other complaints.
The CRCC will be more powerful than the body it replaces by being able to summon and compel witnesses to give evidence and conduct joint investigations with other police review bodies.
Rae Banwarie of the RCMP Professional Association has said the government's changes aren't enough to deal with the Mounties' harassment problems.
"C-42 will achieve nothing without profound institutional and cultural change within the RCMP," he said last May.
RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson has said that C-42 gives him the ability to change the culture within the force that tolerates sexual harassment.