Jay Hope Named Commissioner Of Emergency Management
Distinguished Police Veteran Will Lead Efforts To Keep Ontarians Safe
The Ontario government has appointed OPP Deputy Commissioner Jay Hope to succeed Julian Fantino as the province's Commissioner of Emergency Management.
"During times of adversity, Ontarians have always shown an amazing ability to overcome challenges together," said Premier McGuinty. "We need to keep working together to ensure we're prepared to respond to future challenges -- and I know Jay Hope will do an excellent job of coordinating our efforts to keep Ontarians safe."
Hope is currently serving as the OPP's Deputy Commissioner of Strategic Services. Prior to that appointment, he held the rank of OPP Commander for Eastern Region. Hope joined the OPP in 1979 and has served in detachments in Toronto, Whitby, Aurora and Queen's Park, as well as with headquarters units in Orillia.
"I'm honoured to have been selected for this position, and I'm looking forward to the challenges of helping prepare the province to cope with emergencies, however they originate," said Hope. "I've spent my entire career working to improve community safety, and this will give me the opportunity to continue that work in a new and important area."
"The Commissioner of Emergency Management is a critical position in keeping Ontario safe and secure, and Jay Hope has the credentials and commitment to public service that make him ideal for the job," said Community Safety and Correctional Services Minister Monte Kwinter.
Hope holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Criminology from the University of Toronto. He is the highest-ranking black police officer in Canada and received the federal Order of Merit of the Police Forces last May. His appointment will take effect November 14.
During a declared emergency, the Commissioner of Emergency Management reports to the Premier, the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services and Cabinet on measures required to respond to emergencies. The commissioner also coordinates the province's response during times of crisis.