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Herberman out as director of Private Security branch

The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services in Ontario has replaced Jon Herberman as director of the Private Security and Investigative Services Branch, reassigning him to a research branch of the Ministry.


November 13, 2009
By Jennifer Brown

Herberman, who has presided over the branch for the last four years
during the overhaul of the legislation governing the security industry
in the province, was not available for comment, but a Ministry
spokesperson insists he was not released from the position due to
performance.

He has now moved into the position of Director of the Strategic Planning and Research Branch of the Ministry.

Lisa Kool now becomes the new director of the Private Security and
Investigative Services Branch. Kool most recently served as the
director of the Goudge Inquiry into Pediatric Forensic Pathology in
Ontario.

It is an 18-month appointment and Ministry spokesperson Tony Brown said
Kool brings a breadth of “change management and project management
skills” to the job. Brown says she Kool identified as “an ideal
candidate for this role” but could not comment on what Kool knows about
the private security industry, saying only that her background in
management is the key element in bringing her into the role.

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Collette Blair, Acting Manager of Operations for the branch said
Herberman has, in her words, “done a fantastic job and served to
modernize the industry.”

The ministry insists Herberman’s reassignment to a research division
within the ministry has nothing to do with a Toronto Star story in
September that called into question the length of time it has taken the
Ministry to get training and testing for the industry underway. The
Star investigation also outlined how a reporter was able to obtain a
security guard licence for $80 with no training required.

While in the job Herberman headed up the body that established a code
of conduct for the private security industry, a complaints process,
uniform and vehicle standards and a curriculum for security guards and
private investigators.

A spokesman for the Ministry said they expect the testing will be implemented in spring of 2010.

In an interview with Canadian Security Oct. 20 Herberman defended the
time it has taken his department to review and revise the private
security industry legislation.


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