Presumptive OPP boss Ron Taverner has put his appointment on hold.
The veteran Toronto cop who was named OPP commissioner by Premier Doug Ford has asked that the decision be delayed until the integrity commissioner conducts a probe into the hiring process.
Taverner requested the delay in an email to Community Safety Minister Sylvia Jones.
“Out of the greatest of respect for the brave men and women of the Ontario Provincial Police, I am requesting my appointment as Commissioner be postponed until as such time the Integrity Commissioner has completed his review,” he wrote.
Jones issued a statement accepting Taverner’s request.
“While the government has full confidence in Mr. Taverner, we will respect his request for a delay in his appointment, until such time as the Integrity Commissioner has conducted a review of the selection process,” Jones wrote.
Sources also told CTV that the cabinet has decided to relieve interim commissioner Brad Blair of his duties.