An investigation into Victoria’s suspended police chief has been granted an extra month to finish its work.
The probe was meant to wrap by tomorrow, but B.C.’s Police Complaint Commissioner Stan Lowe says it has now has until February 24 to complete its work.
Chief Frank Elsner was suspended with full pay back in April amid allegations he tried to destroy evidence relating to an external probe after he admitted to sending what was described as inappropriate Tweets to one of his subordinate’s wife.
Elsner apologized for the messages, but none of the other misconduct allegations have been proven.
In a notice of extension, Lowe says investigators have completed 82 interviews already, and have reviewed servers, email accounts, and electronic devices associated with the Victoria Police Department.
The notice says while the investigation is nearly complete, the team still needs to clarify some points with the original investigator, and collect some information relevant to emails collected.
While this is the fourth extension of the investigation, Lowe writes that ensuring the issues are addressed “as fully and responsibly as possible” outweighs the negative impacts it’s having on the department.
“I am of the opinion that it is in the public interest that this matter continues to be investigated as thoroughly as possible. ”
Elsner took the matter to the B.C. Supreme Court back in November, seeking to have the investigation quashed on the grounds that a prior internal investigation was sufficient.
A ruling in that petition has not yet been delivered.