OPS board selects new CAO

Ottawa — While the City of Ottawa will name its new police chief Monday (Aug. 26), today (Aug. 23) the Ottawa Police Services (OPS) board named its new chief administrative officer.

“The OPS board is pleased to announce that Jeff Letourneau has been selected as the new chief administrative officer (position formerly referred to as director general) of the OPS,” the board released in a statement today. “Mr. Letourneau has been acting in the role since late March.”

“The board is very happy to have Jeff continue in the role of chief administrative officer with the OPS. He has thoroughly demonstrated his knowledge, skills, and abilities relating to finance, human resources, information management, facilities, and training. He is a natural fit for the role and the Board and Service are very lucky to have him as part of the OPS Executive Command team,” board chair Diane Deans said.

“I am extremely proud and humbled to take on this leadership role within the Ottawa Police Service. I look forward to supporting the organization in achieving our mission and supporting our dedicated members who work hard each and every day to keep Ottawa safe,” Letourneau said.

Letourneau is a strategic and innovative corporate executive with more than 20 years’ experience successfully leading business, administrative and corporate support functions in complex, multi-stakeholder organizations.  Jeff joined the OPS in 2016 as the services’ first chief financial officer where he led the annual budget development process and successfully implemented a digital transformation in the finance and payroll sections.  Since March 2019, Letourneau has served as the acting director general, overseeing all business and corporate support functions within the service. 

Prior to joining the OPS, Letourneau served as the CFO and VP Corporate Services with the Eastern Ontario Regional Laboratory Association (EORLA) where he supported the clinical integration of medical laboratories for the 16 acute care hospitals across Eastern Ontario. Letourneau began his career with Bell Canada and held progressively senior financial management roles.

Letourneau was recognized as a “Top 40 Under 40” award winner by the Ottawa Business Journal in 2012.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Dalhousie University, is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

The OPS board is the civilian body responsible for governing the Ottawa Police Service.  It is responsible for ensuring the provision of adequate and effective police services to City of Ottawa residents.