About Us

Who We Are

The Thunder Bay Police Services Board is made up of five civilian members: two members of City Council, one community representative appointed by City Council, and two community representatives appointed by the Province.

Mayor Ken Boshcoff

Municipal Appointee

Denise Baxter

Municipal Appointee

Malcolm Mercer


Kasey Etreni

Municipal Appointee

Karen Machado

Provincial Appointee 

Wayne Bahlieda

Provincial Appointee 

Role of the Board

The Thunder Bay Police Services Board is a civilian body that is tasked with providing adequate and effective police services within Thunder Bay. It is accountable to the community, and to the Ontario Civilian Police Commission. The role of the Board is defined by Section 31 of the Police Services Act.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Determining objectives and priorities with respect to police services in Thunder Bay, following consultation with the Chief of Police
• Establish policies for the effective management of the Service
• Recruit and appoint the Chief of Police and any Deputy Chief of Police, and determine their remuneration and working conditions
• Direct the Chief of Police and monitor his or her performance


Role of the Chief

As per Section 41 of the Police Services Act, the Chief of Police is responsible for:

• Administering the Service and overseeing its operation in accordance with the objectives, priorities and policies set out by the Board
• Ensuring that members of the Service carry out their duties in accordance with the Police Services Act, in a manner that reflects the needs of the community
• Maintaining discipline within the Service
• Ensuring the Service provides community-oriented police services
• Administering the complaints system

While the Chief of Police makes all operational decisions, the Board may alter the scope of the Chief’s responsibilities by revising its policies.

How to become a member?

Are you interested in becoming a member of the Thunder Bay Police Services Board? The Board is comprised of provincial and municipal appointees. Municipal-appointed members shall not be a member of the Thunder Bay City Council or an employee of Thunder Bay. Provincial-appointed members must be a resident of the municipality and be involved with the community and are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor, by Order in Council. For further information and to apply, please click on “Provincial Appointment” or “Municipal Appointment”.

Secretary to the Board

John Hannam

Assistant to the Secretary

Linda Douglas