Charles Randall Smith re-appointed as chairperson of RCMP External Review Committee

He served 30 years as a legal officer with the Office of the Judge Advocate General

Charles Randall Smith re-appointed as chairperson of RCMP External Review Committee

The Minister of Public Safety, Democratic Institutions, and Intergovernmental Affairs, Dominic LeBlanc, announced Charles Randall Smith's reappointment as Chairperson of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) External Review Committee.

Smith has served 30 years as a legal officer with the Office of the Judge Advocate General for the Canadian Forces. His reappointment aims to build on his achievements from the past five years, focusing on enhancing organizational accountability within the RCMP and fostering a healthy, respectful, and inclusive workplace for its members.

The RCMP External Review Committee operates as an independent review body, separate from the RCMP, tasked with impartially reviewing appeals related to certain RCMP labour relations matters and processes. It provides findings and recommendations to the RCMP Commissioner, ensuring that decisions affecting RCMP members are fair and effective.

“I would like to thank Mr. Smith for his ongoing service to the RCMP External Review Committee. His depth of experience as Chairperson will be key to ensuring the RCMP remains a model of excellence across the policing world,” said Minister LeBlanc.

Echoing this sentiment, Mike Duheme, Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, added, “I thank Mr. Smith for his ongoing work in this important role. His dedication as Chairperson remains vital to ensuring that appeals of decisions affecting RCMP members are reviewed fairly and effectively and providing guidance for future decision-making. The RCMP values independent advice to improve and continue to modernize.”

Smith’s initial appointment as chairperson began on June 18, 2019. The RCMP External Review Committee, established in 1986, functions as an independent administrative tribunal. It conducts impartial case reviews and issues findings and recommendations on appeal decisions related to RCMP employment and labour relations matters. The Committee operates independently of the RCMP and other bodies, led by its chief executive officer, deputy head, and chairperson.

Smith will serve another five-year term, effective June 18.

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