Halifax council approves veteran of Hamilton police as city's next police chief

Halifax council has approved a recommendation to appoint Dan Kinsella as the city's next police chief.

Kinsella, who is currently deputy chief of operations for the Hamilton Police Service, assumes his new role on July 1.

He will take over the position previously held by Jean-Michel Blais, who retired in April.

Robin McNeil, the Halifax Regional Police deputy chief, will remain on as interim chief until Kinsella takes his new post.

Kinsella comes to Halifax with more than 32 years of experience with the Hamilton police. In his current role, he oversees investigative services and three patrol divisions.

He has been command lead for multi-jurisdictional investigations and also led a mayor's summit on opioids, safe injection sites,and cannabis legalization.