Cop who led Russell Williams case to oversee Rob Ford probe

OPP Det.-Insp. Chris Nicholas. (QMI Agency Files)

OPP Det.-Insp. Chris Nicholas. (QMI Agency Files)

Joe Warmington, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:29 AM ET

TORONTO - It is true the officer now in charge of the investigation into Mayor Rob Ford is the same cop who put away killer former colonel Russell Williams.

As if this case was not sensational enough already.

The story though is not that veteran OPP Det.-Insp. Chris Nicholas has been on famous cases before, but that he knows the case and if it is real or not.

“I’ve known Det.-Insp. Nicholas for much of his career,” said OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis. “He is a mature, seasoned and professional investigator who I have the utmost confidence in.”

Maturity is needed here.

And confidence.

That he’s likely not going to be talking about being “disappointed” or “disgusted” about something he sees in a video is a positive.

Nicholas, after all, went through actual horrific videos in the Williams case — including graphic footage of the murders of Jessica Lloyd and Marie-France Comeau.

A reportedly intoxicated man ranting in Jamaican patois is not going to rattle him as it seemed to Chief Bill Blair.

The chief Wednesday called in Lewis once again to help him out with the mayor. Back in 2011 he asked him to help dispel the assertion that Ford swore at some 911 operators.

This time the chief is asking him to oversee his investigation, which included surveillance of the mayor from an airplane.

Toronto Police are indicating they are still heading up the probe and that the OPP is simply providing “oversight.”

But Lewis says it’s a “joint” affair, with Toronto Police’s Det.-Sgt. Gary Giroux and Det. Joyce Schertzer ultimately answering to Nicholas.


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