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Ottawa police board names Eric Stubbs as new police chief

October 21, 2022  By The Canadian Press

Oct. 21, 2022, Ottawa, Ont. – The Ottawa Police Services Board has named B.C. RCMP assistant commissioner Eric Stubbs as the city’s new chief of police.

Stubbs will assume his responsibilities as head of the Ottawa Police Service on Nov. 17.

The announcement comes just days before Ottawa’s municipal election, which will be held on Monday.

Eli El-Chantiry, the chair of the police board and a city councillor, said the board felt it was their duty to select a new chief to avoid any delays that would come with waiting for a new police board to make the appointment.


Former police chief Peter Sloly resigned abruptly in February during the “Freedom Convoy” protests that paralyzed the city’s downtown core.

Steve Bell, the former deputy chief, has been interim chief of the force since Sloly’s resignation.

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