A major blow to Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum’s dream to replace the Surrey RCMP with a civic force.
theBreaker.news has learned that the former deputy chief of the Vancouver Police is quitting the Surrey Police Service board.
Bob Rolls, a 33-year veteran of the VPD, was McCallum’s first appointee to the board. Another seven people were appointed by the B.C. NDP government.
Rolls’s departure is effective March 1.
McCallum’s spokeswoman Amber Stowe referred theBreaker.news to Surrey Police Board executive director Melissa Granum. Granum said Rolls is moving to Vancouver Island with his wife.
“How the city goes about selecting a replacement is their jurisdiction, so you will need to ask them about that,” Granum said.
McCallum ran on a platform in 2018 to replace the Mounties. In November 2020, Delta assistant chief Norm Lipinski was hired as the chief.
The board was under a cloud of controversy after the Vancouver Sun published photographs in December of NDP-appointed board member Harley Chappell with Hells Angels members.
The chief of the Semiahmoo First Nation said his father was a member of the biker gang and that the photograph was taken at a funeral.
More to come…
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