About the Board

What is the Police Services Board?

Every municipality in Ontario with its own police service must have a civilian board to govern that police service. Police services boards are independent bodies established by provincial legislation called the Police Services Act. The boards represent community interests and are accountable to the Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services, and the Ontario Civilian Police Commission located in Toronto.

Who are the members of the Police Services Board?

The Ottawa Police Services Board (PSB) has seven members: three members of City Council, three citizens appointed by the Province as community representatives, and one citizen appointed by City Council as a community representative. The current members of the Board are:

Provincial Appointees

Andrea Blaustein (613) 560-1270
Suzanne Valiquet  (613) 560-1270

Citizen appointed by City Council:

L. A. (Sandy) Smallwood (Vice Chair) (613) 560-1270

City Council Representatives:

Councillor Eli El-Chantiry (Chair) (613) 580-2475
Councillor Allan Hubley (613) 580-2473
Councillor Tim Tierney (613) 580-2572

Executive Director

Krista Ferraro (613) 560-1270

Board Assistant

Lynn Kennedy (613) 560-1270

The Council members and the citizen appointed by Council serve for the duration of the Council term. The provincial appointees serve up to three year terms, which expire at various times. At the first meeting each year, the Board appoints a Chairperson for that year.

What does a Police Services Board do?

Section 31 of the Police Services Act sets out the responsibilities boards must fulfill on behalf of the residents of their municipality. The primary role of the board is to establish, after consultation with the Chief of Police, the overall objectives and priorities for the provision of police services and the safety and security of citizens. Some of its other key responsibilities include:

  • Recruiting and appointing the Chief of Police and Deputy Chiefs of Police;
  • Annually assessing the Chief's performance;
  • Approving annual operating and capital budgets for the Police Service;
  • Establishing policies and by-laws for the effective management of the police service;
  • Preparing a business plan for the Police Service every three years.

The Board cannot direct the Chief with respect to specific operational decisions or day-to-day operations of the Service. The Chief of Police is responsible for administering the Police Service and overseeing its operation in accordance with the objectives, priorities and policies established by the Board.


Andrea Blaustein

Andrea was appointed to the Board in January of 2018 for a two-year term as a Provincially appointed community member. Her term expires January 8, 2020.

With strong roots in Canada going back 250 years, and originally from Montreal, she moved to the National Capital Region with her children in 1997.   She is an honours graduate from Algonquin College in Security Management and has a B.A. from Carleton University in Criminology and Law.  

Andrea is a trusted security professional, working at various levels of government over her career.  She has held roles from being a Constable with the House of Commons, public security and by law in a suburb of Montreal, security policy writer as well as security analyst, and is presently a security advisor at a key federal agency.  She has worked at Communications Security Establishment, Privy Council Office, Treasury Board Secretariat and Courts Administration Services amongst other government departments.  She is also a member of WiDS (Women in Defence and Security).

Andrea has been an active volunteer with various community groups and associations in Ottawa.  She was with the Army Cadets as President of the Parents’ Association with the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Cadet Corps and Representative to the Army Cadet League of Ontario.  She is a regular volunteer at the finish line of the Canada Army Run and Ottawa Race weekend, helped manage the volunteers when the Special Olympics were in Ottawa, created and maintained the website for the launch year of Special Hockey Heroes and has sat on the board of the local chapters of Children’s Wish Foundation and ASIS International.  At work, she has sat on committees promoting diversity and gender equality.

Andrea is a published author of a series of books on leadership.  Andrea has been a strong proponent of increasing the professional profile of security and bringing together the security community with the police community.   She has also contributed articles to various security and police magazines.

Andrea is the mother of two sons, Sean (Ashley) and Jamie (Keisha) and a daughter, Leilani.  She is also very proud to have one granddaughter and two grandsons.

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Eli El-Chantiry

Eli El-Chantiry was first elected to City Council in November 2003.  Eli is the former proprietor of the Lighthouse Restaurant in Constance Bay and is well known throughout West Carleton-March for his extensive community involvement. He is committed to continue to work with area residents and businesses to help build West Carleton-March's future in the City of Ottawa. 

Eli was born in 1957 and is the second oldest of six children. Raised on his family's farm in Lebanon, he came to Canada when he was 18 years old to begin a new life. He met his wife, Maha, soon after arriving in Ottawa and they were married over three decades ago. 

Councillor El-Chantiry has been a staunch supporter and a dedicated volunteer for many West Carleton events. He has been on the Board of Directors for the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre and has worked with a number of local groups any time help is needed - including local Community Centres, local Churches, the Legion, and Seniors Groups.  Eli was recognized for his efforts when his community awarded him the West Carleton Citizen of the Year for 2001. Receiving this prestigious award during the U.N. International Year of the Volunteer is one of Eli's proudest accomplishments. 

Councillor El-Chantiry was selected to act as Deputy Mayor for the City of Ottawa for the 2010-2014 term of Council.  This term, in addition to serving on the Police Services Board he is also: Chair of Council’s Member Services Sub-Committee, Vice Chair of the Finance & Economic Development Committee, and a member of the City’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, Audit Sub-Committee, Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority, Quyon & Mohr’s Landing Authority, and the Manotick Mill Corporation.  He is also Council’s representative for the Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA).

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Allan Hubley


Allan Hubley is married to Wendy (Barber) and they have three children – Christine Leigh, James and Joshua, and just welcomed their first grandchild Macara, in 2016.  In 2011, their son James was lost to suicide at the age of 15. Since losing James, Allan has been a very active advocate for mental health initiatives in Ottawa working with groups such as the Youth Services Bureau, CHEO, The Queensway Carleton Hospital and many others.

Allan was born in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia and first moved to Kanata in 1978.  Allan has been very active in his community serving in a variety of capacities for all of Kanata South including:

  • Founding member and Co-Chair of the Kanata Community Police Partnership;
  • Chair of the Bill Connelly Charity, which provided scholarships to Kanata students entering building and trades programs;
  • President of the Glen Cairn Community Association;
  • Founding member and Vice Chair of the City of Ottawa’s Accessibility Advisory Board;
  • Contributor to the Kanata Santa Claus Parade, the Kanata Canada Day Celebrations and other events;
  • Member of the Kanata Sports Club, the West Ottawa Board of Trade, and the Kanata Legion.

In 2007, Allan Hubley was recognized for his extensive community service in Kanata South and was chosen the City of Ottawa’s Citizen of the Year.  In 2008, Allan was chosen by the Governor General to receive the Caring Canadian Award at Rideau Hall for his community and volunteer work.

Prior to being elected Councillor for Kanata South, Allan had worked in the Federal Public Service for over twenty years in various senior advisory positions including Manager of US Relations; Manager of Intergovernmental Affairs and in the Emergency Management and National Security Branch of Public Safety Canada.  In these positions, Allan gained experience working with officials from CBSA, CRA, IRS, CSIS, RCMP, DND, FBI, Homeland Security, ICE, London Metropolitan Police (better known as Scotland Yard) and other law enforcement agencies.  

First elected in 2010 as Councillor for Kanata South Ward 23, Allan has served as a member of the FEDCO, Planning and Environment Committees.  He has also served as Vice Chair of Transportation and Chair of the Audit Committee in addition to serving on several Boards such as the Ottawa Exibition, Pineview Golf Course and Manotick Mills.  In 2016, Allan Hubley was appointed to the Police Services Board.  Allan has also served as the Honourary Chair of the Dragon Boat Festival for two years; the Kaleidoscope of Hope for five years, and the CrackUp Comedy Festival for five years.

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L. A. (Sandy) Smallwood

Mr. L.A. (Sandy) Smallwood was first appointed to the Board by City Council on December 19, 2012 for the term of Council, and is currently serving a second term to expire on November 30, 2018. He is Council’s citizen representative on the Board. Mr. Smallwood is best known for his work in heritage preservation. He is the founder (1973), and President of Andrex Holdings Limited, a recognized leader in the redevelopment of landmark buildings.

Recipient of six municipal heritage restoration awards, Sandy also received the Ontario Heritage Foundation Award for Achievement in 1996, and the Heritage Canada Foundation Corporate Prize for ‘Exemplary Stewardship of Heritage Architecture’ in 2007. In 2012, he was presented the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award. Sandy has been a member of the Board of Directors of The Ontario Heritage Trust since 2004, and is currently President of H.O.D.I. (Historic Ottawa Developments Inc).

Mr. Smallwood’s community involvement includes: former Councillor in Rockcliffe Park, former board member of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, former director Ottawa Arts Centre Foundation, former member of Ottawa and Rockcliffe Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committees, and currently a member of the Rockcliffe Park Site Plan and Development Advisory Committee. He is also a lifetime patron of Dhadkan Heartbeat, an organization which provides funding to the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.

A lifelong Ottawa resident, educated at Ashbury College, Sandy is married, with three children.  His recreational pursuits include: travel, alpine skiing, skating, camping, kayaking, hiking, and biking.

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Tim Tierney


Tim Tierney, a long-time resident of Beacon Hill-Cyrville, has been active in ensuring his community continues to grow and thrive as an integral part of Ottawa. His dedicated commitment to Beacon Hill-Cyrville includes many years of volunteering for a variety of local development projects, sports and recreational groups, schools, social services, and community organizations. 

First elected in 2010, Tim continues to be involved, and enjoys supporting community issues and events, including Celebrate Summer, neighbourhood BBQs, and arts and recreational activities. He is especially proud of the new Richcraft Sensplex that was opened in 2014.   With an education in Business Administration/Information Systems, Tim has a strong background in both business and technology which he has and continues to apply throughout his career. 

Since Tim joined City Council in 2010, he has served on the following Boards and Committees: Chair, Information Technology Sub-Committee; Community and Protective Services Committee; and Ottawa Community Housing Board; Ottawa Public Library Board; Planning Committee; Transit Commission; and Transportation Committee. As well, Tim was the City of Ottawa’s representative and board member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and sat on the following Committees: Vice-Chair, Ontario Caucus; Community Safety & Crime Prevention; Increasing Women’s Participation in Municipal Government; Municipal Finance & Intergovernmental Arrangements; and Municipal Infrastructure & Transportation Policy. 

Tim was re-elected on October 27th, 2014 as Councillor of Beacon Hill-Cyrville. He obtained 82% of the popular vote which is now the highest percentage ever in the history of the Beacon Hill-Cyrville ward. During the 2014-2018 term of Ottawa City Council, Tim will be a member of the following Boards and Committees: Chair, Ottawa Public Library Board; Vice-Chair, Planning Committee; Information Technology Sub-Committee; Ottawa Police Services Board; and Transit Commission. Tim will continue his role as the City of Ottawa’s representative and board member to FCM, and will sit on the following Committees: Chair, Ontario Caucus; Committee on Conference Planning; Community Safety & Crime Prevention; and Municipal Finance & Intergovernmental Arrangements. 

Tim is the son of Shirley Lavergne and the late Allan Tierney, and a long-time resident of Beacon Hill with his wife Jenny and children Crystal, Keely, Liam and dog Abbott. 

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Suzanne Valiquet

A graduate of social communications, Suzanne has worked her entire career in Canada’s Capital in both private and public sectors. For more than 20 years, she has voluntarily provided marketing, promotional and fundraising expertise to organizations such as the Wabano Centre, Assumption Catholic School, the Vanier Community and the Ottawa-Carleton Catholic School Board. Her unique approach to social marketing has resulted in award-winning campaigns such as Composting Spread it Around and Landfill the Musical while working for the former Region of Ottawa-Carleton.

 In 2000, Suzanne started her own consultancy offering services in planning and communications, and worked on several City of Ottawa landmark projects such as the Opening of the Bytown Bridges with Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, the King Edward Avenue Renewal Project and the Rapid Transit Expansion Study. Suzanne is well known in Ottawa’s business community as she served as Board Director and as the Executive Director of the Quartier Vanier Business Improvement Area for more than 10 years. She was responsible for its recruitment strategy, safety, beautification and marketing programs.

 Her firm was commissioned to assist in the opening of the Canadian Museum of Nature, the Montfort Hospital Redevelopment Project, and the public consultation for the redevelopment of the former Rockcliffe Airbase, a Canada Lands Company project.

 Suzanne also worked as A/Director of the ACFO d’Ottawa, l’Association des communautés francophones d’Ottawa, a not for profit organization, committed to the enrichment of la Francophonie in the City of Ottawa.

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Provincial Appointments - How to Apply

These members of the Ottawa Police Services Board are appointed by the Province of Ontario.  Individuals interested in applying to be a member of a police services board can find specific information on qualification requirements, expectations, and how to apply by reviewing the attached "Police Services Board Vacancy Information Sheet". 

Police Services board Vacancy Information Sheets can be found on the Ontario Public Service website through the link below:

Police Services Boards Vacancies