Process will begin immediately to hire new head of province's independent police watchdog

Nova Scotia says the process to hire a new head of the province's independent police watchdog will begin immediately.

Ron MacDonald is leaving his post as director of the Serious Incident Response Team next month to become the new head of British Columbia's police watchdog agency.

He was SIRT's first and only director and Justice Minister Mark Furey is thanking him for what he calls his ``outstanding leadership.''

The province says MacDonald developed the independent investigations office from a concept to a highly effective civilian oversight body that is respected across the country.