Ron Taverner staying with Toronto police despite appointment as OPP chief

Ron Taverner, who’s tapped to be the next chief of Ontario Provincial Police, has rescinded his resignation papers as a superintendent with Toronto police.

Taverner submitted papers to reverse his resignation this weekend, Toronto police said. Chief Mark Saunders approved the move on Sunday night.

“As of today, the superintendent is back to being unit commander of our northwest district,” said police spokesperson Meaghan Gray.

The longtime Toronto police officer was controversially appointed by Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government to become the next chief of the OPP in late November.

There were calls for an investigation into the appointment, since Taverner is a friend of Premier Doug Ford. Taverner also did not meet the original qualifications for the job.

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