“The Medicine Hat Police Commission has received a number of inquiries regarding the circumstances surrounding the resignation of former Medicine Hat Police Service Chief Mike Worden.
Earlier this spring, after having heard of allegations of non-workplace misconduct, the former Chief himself brought these circumstances to the Commission’s attention. The Commission treated it as a complaint and put in place an investigative process, conducted by a law firm not based in Medicine Hat, to ensure complete independence. The law firm in turn hired an investigator to conduct a thorough review. The Commission had no contact with the investigator and no limits were placed on their inquiry. The Commission received the initial information from the former Chief at the beginning of March and the work to establish and complete the investigative process took approximately two months.
A summary report was submitted to the Commission clearing former Chief Worden of any wrongdoing. These findings were also forwarded to the Solicitor General, who confirmed that proper protocols had been followed by the Commission.
We thank former Chief Worden for his service and our search for a new Chief has begun.
Given this is a Medicine Hat Police Service human relations matter, and Mr. Worden is no longer employed by the MHPS, we can provide no further comment.”
Chair of MH Police Commission