Veteran public servant, CFL boss, ex-B.C. attorney general named to RCMP board

The new board of civilian advisers assigned to help the modernization of the RCMP includes a veteran public servant, a former provincial attorney general and the current commissioner of the Canadian Football League.

The Liberal government announced plans for the board in January, with the goal of transforming the police force's dated culture and making it more innovative and forward-looking after years of fallout from bullying and harassment within the force.

The public-safety minister will be able to direct the RCMP commissioner to seek the board's advice and require that the commissioner report back as to what was done with it.

The 13-member board will be led by Richard Dicerni, who served as the federal deputy minister of industry for six years before becoming head of the Alberta public service, and also includes outgoing Fredericton police chief Leanne Fitch, CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie and former BC attorney general Wally Oppal.

It's first priority is updating business practices and ensuring employee health and well-being, and over time will work on issues including effective use of RCMP resources, labour relations, and corporate and strategic direction.