Toronto's police board decided today not to appoint Bill Blair to a third term as chief of the force, meaning that a search for his successor will soon be underway.
Blair had sought to renew his contract, but the board decided to go in a different direction after his second term expires in April.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford thanked Blair "for his service to the people of this great city" and said he looked forward to working with Blair's replacement.
Ford repeated that the decision not to renew Blair's contract was made by the board.
Mike McCormack, president of the Toronto Police Association, said his organization was "surprised" to learn that Blair’s contract will not be renewed.
"We understand the process, we understand that, you know, things change, and we look forward to working with whoever the next chief might be," he told CBC News in an interview.