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TPS Supt. Ronald Taverner named OPP commissioner

Supt. Ron Taverner (pictured left) and Det. Sgt. Brian Borg hold a news conference in Toronto on Dec. 4, 2013 about a murder at a community centre in Rexdale. 680NEWS/Charlene Close

The Ontario government has appointed current Toronto Police Service Supt. Ronald Taverner as the new commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police.

Taverner is currently the unit commander of 12, 23 and 31 divisions.

In a statement, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services Sylvia Jones said his appointment by the Ontario cabinet was based on the “unanimous recommendation of a selection committee comprised exclusively of members of the Ontario public service.”

Taverner began working as a police officer in 1967 and has worked in several different divisions in his over 50-year career, including organized crime enforcement, outlaw motorcycle gangs and community policing.

“He is a relationship builder and I’m certain he will have a positive impact on policing across Ontario,” said Jones.

The veteran officer is taking over the post from interim Commissioner Brad Blair. Blair was designated after Vince Hawkes retired earlier this year.

Taverner will begin his new position on Dec. 17 and serve a term of up to three years.