Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton has issued the following statement:
“Richard Rosenthal, chief civilian director (CCD), Independent Investigations Office (IIO), has notified the Ministry of Justice that he will not seek reappointment upon the conclusion of his term on Jan. 9, 2017.
“I would like to thank Mr. Rosenthal not only for his dedicated service and significant contributions to the IIO, but for giving considerable notice of his decision. Recruitment for senior level positions, like that of the CCD, requires a comprehensive executive search to find and attract the right candidate. Mr. Rosenthal understands the hiring process and has provided the B.C. government with almost a year to search for his successor.
“In January 2012, Mr. Rosenthal joined the IIO as the inaugural CCD. Since that time, he has been instrumental in establishing the IIO and advancing its mandate to ensure that all investigations of death or serious harm involving police officers in B.C. are dealt with promptly, appropriately and independently.
“With this announcement, the rigorous process of recruiting a new CCD will begin. In the months ahead, officials in my ministry will work with Mr. Rosenthal and the IIO to ensure a seamless transition for all those involved.
“In the meantime, the IIO will stay focused on meeting its challenging mandate, and continue with its excellent investigative work, which serves the citizens of B.C. well.”