There was an interesting and thought provoking op-ed in the Toronto Star yesterday suggesting that citizen members of the Police Services Board should be elected and not appointed.
As it stands now, some of the citizen members on Police Service Boards are appointed by the Provincial government and one is appointed by the local City Council.
For years, there have been complaints that, all too often, these were patronage appointments given to citizens who may or may not be qualified for the position.
Police Service Boards right across the Province have faced the same skepticism .
History shows us that many government appointments are paybacks for financial supporters or campaign workers of successful governments or candidates, be it Federal, Provincial or Municipal.
That’s not to suggest that many citizen appointees aren’t capable; the concern is the process of how they get the job in the first place.
I not so sure though that having voters select Police Service Board members would guarantee a higher quality appointee.
After all, voters elect our MP’s , MPP’s and City Councilors ; some are very good, some are just taking up space.
I’ve always maintained that citizen appointees to any board should not be done by elected officials.
An independent , non political committee should make citizen appointments.
That way, it would be based on merit , not political payback.