Police chief in Thunder Bay resigns following suspension and allegations of wrongdoing

Police chief in Thunder Bay resigns following suspension and allegations of wrongdoing

During a meeting on Tuesday, the Thunder Bay Police Board announced that it had accepted Sylvie Hauth’s letter of resignation, which took effect on January 27.

In a press release, it stated, “The Board thanks Chief Hauth for her 30-year service to our community and wishes her well in her retirement.”

Hauth, who was appointed chief in 2018, was placed on administrative leave in June of last year following what the board described as “serious charges” made by the Ontario Civilian Police Commission.

An probe that started in February of last year led to the suspension. The OCPC expressed doubts at the time regarding the senior leadership’s capacity to manage the day-to-day operations of the police service in “good faith” and in accordance with the Police Services Act.

In addition, Hauth was scheduled for a five-day hearing in February on three charges of alleged misconduct under the Police Services Act.

Hauth’s intention to retire in June 2023 was previously confirmed by Thunder Bay police.

In recent months, the police force has been under increasing criticism, and Indigenous leaders have called for its complete dissolution due to the loss of community trust.

The Office of the Independent Police Evaluation Director discovered evidence of institutionalized racism at the Thunder Bay Police Service in a systemic review conducted in 2018 that had an impact on inquiries into the deaths of Indigenous people.

Dan Taddeo, who has been serving as acting police chief since last summer, will remain in that position until a new chief is chosen.