From Regina Police Supt. to Chief Coroner

Jeff Wagner, a former Regina Police Service superintendent, will take on the role of Saskatchewan’s Chief Coroner. The announcement came recently, filling the vacant position after previous Chief Coroner Clive Weighill announced his retirement back in February.

“Mr. Wagner has a proven track record of building strong relationships with community stakeholders,” Justice Minister and Attorney General Bronwyn Eyre said. “I am confident in his ability to lead the Coroners Service and maintain its high standards of public service.”

During his time with the RPS, Wagner served as Superintendent of the Community Services Division, previously having managed the Major Crimes/Vulnerable Services Division and South District Division.

A University of Regina alumni, Wagner holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Human Justice and an Advanced Certificate in Police Studies. He was also awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, Saskatchewan Protective Services Medal, and the Police Exemplary Service Medal.

Former Chief Coroner Weighill took on the role in August of 2018 and also came to the position from the world of policing. He served as deputy chief of police with the RPS and the Saskatoon Police Service before service as five and-a-half years as Chief Coroner, announcing his retirement during the coroner’s inquest into the death of Myles Sanderson.

“It’s been my honour to be Chief Coroner for the province and to work with the leadership at the First Nation, and work with Eddie (Head, justice and policing director at James Smith Cree Nation) especially, and to work with the families,” Weighill said on Feb. 29. “I appreciate the families and their questions of the witnesses. I hope that helped bring some of the truths out.”

Ryan Kiedrowski, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The World-Spectator