Former Treaty 3 police chief Louie Napish confirms he isn't returning for an extension of his contract. However, his legal counsel, Elizabeth McLeod, disputes the reason given by the police service for the parting of ways.

"Though the board has cited performance issues in their recent statement, Mr. Napish strenuously denies any performance issues raised, which would justify the board's decision not to renew his contract," McLeod said in a prepared statement.

In the prepared statement, McLeod added Napish is a decorated office, who helped build the service, before rising through the ranks to reach the top.

"Mr. Napish has consistently conducted himself in the best interest of the policing profession, the Treaty Three Police Service and the community it serves. He is proud of his achievements as a police chief, who committed his heart to the people of Treaty Three," McLeod continued, quoting from the prepared statement.

The lawyer didn't go into any further detail.

The statement from counsel reads as follows:

Mr. Louie Napish, former chief of police of the Treaty Three Police Service, will not be returning for an extension of his term with the service. Louie Napish has been associated with the Treaty Three Police Service since its beginning, serving as a steering and professional advisor to the service, as it was formed and implemented from 2000 to 2003.

Mr. Napish became an active member of the upstart service in 2003, and he rose through the ranks holding the positions of constable, sargeant, deputy chief then chief of police in 2014.

Mr. Napish was awarded the Police Exemplary Service Medal by the governor general in 2017.

Mr. Napish has consistently conducted himself in the best interests of the policing profession, the Treaty Three Police Service and the community it serves. He is proud of his achievements as a police chief, who committed his heart to the people of Treaty Three. Though the board has cited performance issues in their recent statement, Mr. Napish strenuously denies any performance issues raised, which would justify the board's decision not to renew his contract.

For more information:

Police chief's contract won't be renewed

Governor General's Awards - Louie Napish

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