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Toronto police chief to get big paycheque next April

Bill Blair will get a full year's salary plus benefits

He didn't get the golden handcuffs, but he definitely got the golden handshake.

When Chief Bill Blair leaves his job next April he will recieve a full year's salary

That's just over $367,000 and another $3,000 in benefits.

A clause in his contract states that if Blair were to ask for an extension and didn't get it,he would get the year's worth of pay, according to the Toronto Sun.

The police services board recently turned down his request for a contract

He will also be compensated for outstanding vacation time which sources tell the Sun could add up to almost another full year of pay.

Police Services Board Chair Alok Mukherjee says salary and contract for the next chief will be part of a new way of thinking.

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  1. Jim posted on 08/06/2014 07:42 AM
    Any member of the current Police Board who was part of the board who agreed to this contract should be removed immediately and prohibited from holding such a position again. This is a blatant waste of taxpayer dollars. Paying out for early termination I understand, but paying out for not offering a new contract is absurd.

    The taxpayers of Toronto should sue the board members who agreed to this clause.
  2. frankie posted on 08/06/2014 09:32 AM
    This is exactly why Rob Ford was so popular. Blair had a contract with a term limit of 5 years and it was renewed for another 5. There is ZERO reason for him to get one year's salary merely because he asked for an extension and didn't get it.

    This is so typical of the complete lack of respect for taxpayers.
    1. frank posted on 08/06/2014 09:44 AM
      @frankie Both parties have to comply with a contract before it can be properly honoured. The board ordered the chief to cut and modernize. Area forces cut dramatically five years ago and crime rates still continued to fall. He just did what he wanted and expanded. The chief divulged evidence, subpeona plans (his staff may have done this bit), targeted the mayor, and gave the media improper personal opinions. He breached his contract repeatedly and with great arrogance.
    2. Suz58 posted on 08/14/2014 10:12 AM
      @frankie If people would just wake up and notice, it is this that the Fords are depending on.
      Take the emphasis off themselves and put it on everyone else.
      Their age old slogan..."we will stop the gravy train".

      The Board decided not to renew the Chief's contract.

      The Fords are just placing all the emphasis on other elected officials salaries and making the changes they need for themselves.

      The one most important issue for any council or elected official is TRANSPARENCY. This means that if one does something, be prepared for the taxpayers to know about it. Yes, unfortunately, for the Mayor this could mean personal life as well.

      Sure, wouldn't it be nice to give back your salary? While the rest of us are trying to make ends meet and try to put healthy food on their tables, the Fords are making a mockery of taxpayers by sucking them into believing they care about them when the only concern is to make sure their interests are taken care of, including Deco Labels.

      Is it the board that decides what contracts are renewed?
      If not, then why are they lying to the taxpayers of Toronto by telling them they are going to stop the Gravy Train? They are the conductors of it!
  3. MarkFromEtobicoke posted on 08/06/2014 05:47 PM
    Actually, this is good for taxpayers. If there wasn't a provision in the contract, then Blair could sue for severance and probably get one month for every year service, not just as chief but going back for his full 35 years. Under common law, he would be entitled to about 35 months pay or nearly three years pay. Don't believe me? Call Howard Levitt this Sunday on 1010's "Employment Law" program.

    This applies for fixed term employment contracts like Blair's as well as more conventional employment arrangements.
    1. dama posted on 08/08/2014 03:32 PM
      @MarkFromEtobicoke There is a difference,, when you are on a contract, you are no longer treated as a normal full time employee, in Blair's case, he will not get 35 months.. .. the full year payment is based on the contract he signed.

      Blair is just playing his card right, he would have just resign or not ask the board to re-sign him to a year contract( that's what was reported in the news); knowing the board might not renew his contract thus triggering the payment..

      Remember that am AM CEO that was fired, the same thing; contract stated he gets a year pays..

      Going forward, I hope those people in key position that negotiates contract should wise up.. or else fire them instead
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