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Post Date
Dec. 15, 2021

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Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel
Permanent Full-Time

Halton Region

Position Description

Our client, the Halton Regional Police Association (HRPA) is seeking an experienced Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel to lead their team. Formed in 1974, the Association’s objective is to improve working conditions, wages, benefits, pension, and the workplace in general for its 1000+ members.

The Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) will be responsible for the overall planning, coordination and control of the activities and business affairs of the Halton Regional Police Association. The CAO will ensure the effective and efficient provision of all services in compliance with all applicable HRPA Constitution and By-Laws, policies, statutory requirements and the Collective Agreements.

As General Counsel, the employee will provide leadership and direction to HRPA Staff and HRPA Board of Directors in the delivery of legal services including but not limited to; development of Collective Agreements, By-Laws, Policies and Procedures and Regulatory Compliance. General Counsel will provide legal advice, guidance, and representation to members of the HRPA on all applicable matters including but not limited to, criminal law, Police Services Act, administrative law, employment law, labour law and Human Rights matters.


Job Duties:

  • Provide representation on grievances, arbitration hearings and significant investigations including the Special Investigations Unit, OIPRD, Police Services Act and matters of internal discipline
  • Responsible for overall operation of the HRPA Administration
  • Responsible for overall logistics including maintenance and rehabilitation of HRPA property and facilities
  • Present information to HRPA Board regarding progress and accomplishments of programs and projects
  • Represent and assist the HRPA on various committees as identified in the HRPA Constitution and By Laws
  • Attend HRPA Board meetings to advise and consult the Board, but is not a voting member
  • Work in collaboration with the Labor Relations Officer and HRPA Bargaining Committee to negotiate and administer Uniform and Civilian Collective Agreements
  • Ensure HRPA financial results, in cooperation with HRPA Board elected Treasurer, are administered in a sound and efficient manner within guidelines and best practices set by the HRPA Board of Directors
  • Provide guidance on best practices relating to equitable employment practices including; hiring and retaining staff, Collective Bargaining, employee relations, compensation and benefits, conditions of employment, personnel records, staff training and development
  • In collaboration with the HRPA Board of Directors and HRPA President, participate to appoint, employ, promote, transfer, suspend or dismiss employees
  • Coordinate and complete annual performance appraisal of direct report; Administrative Assistant.
  • Provide advice and guidance to HRPA Board of Directors to ensure statutory obligations are met
  • Maintain high level of expertise by attending professional development opportunities including; seminars, courses, conferences and reviewing and understanding relevant case law decisions
  • Provide professional legal services as it relates to HRPA Board of Directors and member, including; conducting legal research, giving legal advice, carrying out transactions with significant legal elements, intermediating between member and external counsel when retained, reporting on legal matters to the HRPA Board of Directors
  • Provide advice on regulatory and contractual issues and on appropriate action in the event of a complaint
  • Draft formal complaints, grievances, and other legal documentation for litigation
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the HRPA Board of Directors and HRPA President


  • Law Degree from a recognized law school
  • 5 years+ legal practice with an emphasis primarily on labour and employment law, administrative, contract law, and general practice
  • Minimum 1 year of supervisory experience
  • Must be a Barrister and Solicitor entitled to practice law in Ontario
  • Must be a full member in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario
  • Effective attention to detail and a high degree of accuracy
  • High level of integrity, confidentiality, and accountability
  • Sound analytical thinking, planning, prioritization and execution skills
  • Well defined sense of diplomacy, negotiation skills, conflict resolution skills and people management skills
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Experience developing and managing budgets


We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those considered will be contacted.

As a condition of employment, all external hires will be required to submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination or documentation unless a valid accommodation under the Ontario Human Rights Code exists.

We welcome applications from all individuals regardless of race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other characteristics that make each of us different.


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