Saanich Police Board
Keeping Saanich Safe
Mayor Dean Murdock, Chair
Dean Murdock is the Mayor of Saanich and chair of the Saanich Police Board. Prior to becoming Mayor, Dean served three terms on Saanich Council. He worked for the Provincial Government at the Ministries of Health and Transportation and Infrastructure and was an instructor of political science at Camosun College. He grew up in Saanich, attended high school at Claremont Secondary and graduated from the University of Victoria. Dean lives in Saanich with his wife, Rachel, two children, and their 15-year-old Beagle named Bella. Dean is a coffee-drinker, guitar-player, and cyclist.
Linda J. Murray
Linda J. Murray, LL.B., CFE was appointed to the Saanich Police Board in February 2019. Linda chairs the Board’s Governance Committee and is a member of the Finance Committee. Linda is a practicing lawyer with extensive private practice and public regulatory experience in corporate governance, strategic planning, risk management, development of policies and procedures, regulatory compliance, regulatory investigations and audits, and professional ethics. Linda is a Certified Fraud Examiner experienced in forensic investigations, anti-fraud education, and professional ethics. She is the Past President of the Vancouver Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and continues to serve as the Chapter’s Ethics Chair. Linda serves as a Disciplinary Hearing Panel Chair for the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada which regulates the conduct of securities industry registrants. She is also an Inspector for the College of Veterinarians of BC. Linda is a former Special Police Constable and is also a dedicated community volunteer, serving on boards and committees for a number of non-profit organizations.
Jacqueline is currently an Associate at a law firm in Victoria practising in insurance defence. Prior to that she worked mainly in family law for over ten years. Called to the Bar in British Columbia in 2019 and in Ontario in 2010, Jacqueline has held such roles as Independent Chairperson within Corrections Canada, Duty Counsel with Legal Aid, In-House Counsel for a Children’s Aid agency, Agent for the Attorney General, and as an Associate in various law firms.
Jacqueline’s legal experience in family law, ties in with her social work background. She holds both a graduate and undergraduate degree in Social Work as well as a degree in Law. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Jacqueline was employed as a Social Worker for a Children’s Aid agency, the University Health Network, and was a counsellor in women’s services.
Born in the Netherlands, Jacqueline moved to Victoria in 2019, having lived in Ontario for many years and before that in England.
Dionte Jelks was appointed to the Saanich Police Board in May 2022 and serves on the Community Outreach Committee. Prior to moving to Victoria in 2010, Dionte served as an administrator in several Chicago area schools. Mr. Jelks is currently a principal with Sooke School District and serves on Victoria Harbour Cats Foundation Board, British Columbia Principals and Vice Principals Association (BCPVPA) Contract Advisory Committee, BCPVPA Anti-Racism working group, BC Black Administrators Board, BC Anti-Racism advisory committee and coaches’ local youth sports teams. Dionte was born in Chicago Illinois, attended Chicago State University and MacMurray College. He holds a Master’s in Educational Administration and Leadership and a B.S in psychology and education.
Jim is a recently retired School Superintendent / CEO from the Sooke School District (N0. 62). In that capacity, he worked with an elected Board of seven trustees and supervised approximately 1500 employees. The Sooke district has four employee groups and three First Nations and Metis nation. Since retirement, he has worked as a consultant for many school districts and the Ministry of Education. Locally he also serves as a member of the Greater Victoria Cemetery Board of Trustees, and as a member of the Capital Regional District Elk/Beaver Lake Users Advisory Committee. His areas of interest are governance, education, Human Resources, people with disabilities and authentic reconciliation of organizations. He is also a triathlete, competing on the Canada age-group team in 2010 and 2012. Jim has been a Saanich resident for over 25 years and is married with three grown children.
Dr. Shelly Niemi
Dr. Shelly Niemi is a Cree / Métis woman who was appointed to the Saanich Police Board in March of 2021. She holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Western University where her research was focused on Culturally Responsive Leadership Practices through Policy and Governance.
Dr. Niemi has held a leadership role within the Public Education system in British Columbia for over the last 12 years, currently she is the Director of Indigenous Education for the Greater Victoria School District No.61.
Dr. Niemi’s skills, experience and passion can be found in the following areas; Cultural Safety, Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leadership Practice, Anti-Racism, Community Engagement, Strategic Planning, Land-Based Education and Restorative Practice.