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Next RNC chief should be a woman, Galgay says

St. John’s Coun. Jonathan Galgay speaks to reporters Monday at city hall.
St. John’s Coun. Jonathan Galgay speaks to reporters Monday at city hall.

Coun. Jonathan Galgay has named the person he believes should be the next chief of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC).

Galgay issued a statement prior to a regular meeting of council Monday night, saying the next police chief should be a woman.

“The RNC has made significant steps to ensure equality amongst its membership and I believe the time has come to appoint a female chief,” he said.

The statement was not on behalf of council, but simply the thoughts of Galgay, as Ward 2 councillor.

“Any member of council has a right to advance issues forward in a public manner, whatever which way they decide to do so,” he said, when asked about the statement — actually a letter sent to the RNC Association — after the meeting.

He became even more specific then, saying Supt. Marlene Jesso would be his personal choice.

“She has great credentials and is very well qualified,” he said, after acknowledging the city does not have a role in the appointment decision.

Jesso was named a superintendent in 2014. According to a profile released by the provincial government at that time, she joined the RNC in 1983. She spent 11 years on street patrol, before joining the criminal investigation division.

She was appointed officer in charge with the RNC’s training section in 2011 and then took on the professional standards section in 2013, has undercover experience and became the lead of the joint RNC-RCMP combined forces special enforcement unit.

In June, Jesso was named to a marijuana task force, advising the federal government.

But if not chief Jesso, Galgay said, definitely another woman.

“I know there’s some great female senior executives and other members of the RNC who would be very well qualified and I would certainly encourage government and the independent appointments commission to really give this some very serious consideration,” he said.

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