Halton police announced that Chief Stephen Tanner will keep his job despite his trip to Florida for property matters.

In a statement, the police services board says it has “full and unequivocal confidence” in chief Tanner.

However it has expressed disappointment in Oakville Mayor Rob Burton for granting Tanner permission for the trip.

“The Board expresses its disappointment in both the former Chair, Mayor Rob Burton, for granting permission to Chief Tanner to travel to the United States, for not obtaining the consent of, nor notifying, the Board and in Chief Tanner for his decision to ask for permission and for travelling to the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic notwithstanding his property-related issues in Florida,” the Board said in a statement.

In a statement released earlier this month, Burton admitted approving the trip to deal with “an urgent property matter” and threw his support behind the Chief. A week later he resigned from the Halton Police Services Board.

In a statement issued on Thursday Chief Tanner said he is remorseful for his decision and appreciates the confidence the Board expressed in him.

“I sincerely appreciate the full and unequivocal confidence the Halton Police Board has placed in me as Chief of Police. I will continue to lead our police service in the exemplary manner the Board has come to expect, and will always do my very best for our members, citizens and for the community that I am sworn to protect.

“Regardless of the personal property related reasons for which I travelled recently, or the permission that I sought and obtained for that travel, I am remorseful for that decision. I have previously apologized openly to all of our members and to the public. I also regret the impact that this has had on Mayor (Chair) Burton who has stepped down from the Halton Police Board as a result of his decision to support my travel.

“I look forward to continuing my service and to providing leadership to our community and to our police service members to the very best of my ability throughout the years to come,” Tanner said.


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