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Acting WRPS Chief Goodman begins first day on job

Considered one of the highest-ranking current members of the police service, John Goodman is expected to serve as Acting Chief of Police until a permanent replacement is appointed
John Goodman named as interim chief of police

While the search for a permanent replacement for the now "retired" former Regional Police Chief Bryan Larkin continues, his interim replacement begins his first day today as the Acting Chief of Police. 

Staff Superintendent John Goodman starts today in his new role - coming highly recommended by his predecessor with an impressive 27 years of experience in local policing. One of the highest-ranking members of the service at this time, Goodman has served in a variety of roles and units - including time in front-line policing, the Professional Standards Branch, the Homicide Unit, Neighbourhood Policing Divisional Leadership and more. 

Posting a farewell message ahead of the Canada Day long-weekend, Larkin asked the region to join him in welcoming Goodman to the post, noting that his "outstanding service to Waterloo Region" is expected to provide a "successful transition period" until the new Chief of Police is chosen in the coming months. 

Regional police had previously indicated that they'd tapped a "global talent and leadership advisory firm", Boyden Canada, to assist in their nation-wide search for the next Chief. Police had also released a survey asking local residents for their perspective on the role, asking for local reflection on the characteristics they'd like to see in the next leader of the Waterloo Regional Police Service. That survey has since closed. 

Goodman is expected to serve as Acting Chief of Police until a permanent replacement is appointed.