PFM Executive Search congratulates Doug LePard on his appointment as the new Chief Officer of the Metro Vancouver Transit Police which brings to a conclusion the national search conducted by PFM.
35-year police veteran and senior policing leader Doug LePard will depart as Deputy Chief from the Vancouver Police Department after an exemplary career. He brings to the Transit Police a wealth of policing experience, knowledge of Metro Vancouver and an intimate understanding of Transit Police through his time earlier in his career as a member of the Transit Police Board.
PFM Executive Search worked closely with the Board of the Transit Police to create an open, fair and transparent search process and Mark Reder, Chair of the Transit Police said “We are confident that Chief Officer LePard will build on the progress Transit Police have achieved in maintaining a safe and secure transit system. In Doug, we have a leader who can run a first class police service and pave the way for new opportunities to ensure that Transit Police demonstrate excellence and the highest level of conduct and performance”.
Doug LePard is delighted to be taking on his role as Chief. “I am proud of my 35-year career in the VPD, where I leave many valued friends and colleagues…and I feel extremely privileged to have been selected as the new Chief Officer of the Transit Police, and to continue the superb work done by former Chief Officer Dubord and Acting Chief Kross. I am excited about this opportunity to bring all that I have learned about leadership in policing to a young and evolving police agency, and together with Translink provide safety to all those who use the transit system.”
Doug LePard has been a member of the Vancouver Police Department since 1981. He most recently commanded the Investigation Division, where he has worked at four different ranks in multiple assignments, including working in an undercover unit, and as a serious crimes detective and sergeant in several areas. He previously commanded the Operations Division for several years. He holds a B.A. in Criminology from Simon Fraser University and certificates from Queen’s University and Harvard.
PFM Executive Search has extensive experience in recruiting leaders in law enforcement for the roles of Chiefs and Deputy Chiefs amongst a wide variety of police services. Our firm is seen as a preeminent executive search firm in Canada working with Police Boards.
PFM Executive Search was pleased to work with the Delta Police Department in the recruitment of its new Police Chief. This is the first time in 22-years the Delta Police Department has gone outside the organization for a Chief Constable and our firm was retained to conduct a national search to bring forward a diverse slate of qualified candidates.
In the end, the Delta Police Board selected Neil Dubord as its new Chief Constable. Lois Jackson, Mayor of Delta and Chair of the Delta Police Board noted in her announcement that: “after an intensive search, Neil Dubord has been selected as Delta’s new Chief Constable. He assumes the position vacated by former Chief Constable Jim Cessford who retired earlier this year after 22 years of service.”
“We looked for a Chief who is a strong leader with a proven track record in policing, a critical thinker and more importantly a person who believes in community policing and our “no call too small” mandate. Mr. Dubord has all those qualities and a solid career behind him,” said the Mayor. “We welcome him to our community, and we are confident he will be an excellent fit for our organization and will continue to make Delta one of the safest communities in the lower mainland.”
Neil brings more than 28 years of police experience to Delta. Prior to his last three years as the Chief of Transit Police, he spent 25 years with the Edmonton Police Service. Serving as Deputy Chief of Edmonton’s Community Policing Bureau and taking leadership roles in a wide variety of initiatives, from neighbourhood empowerment through community action teams to services integration and aboriginal awareness programs for officers on the force, Neil has distinguished himself in front-line policing, tactical and strategic development, critical incident command and as a manager, with numerous local and national awards and citations.
Chief Dubord holds a Master of Arts degree in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University and a PhD in Business Management from Arizona’s Northcentral University. His police experience has been enhanced with studies at the Canadian Police College in Ottawa, the University of Virginia in Washington, DC and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation at Quantico, Virginia.
PFM Executive Search has gained extensive experience working with a wide variety of law enforcement agencies over the years. Our firm has become the preeminent search company that Police Boards turn to when they wish to conduct an open, fair and transparent search process.