Meet the Executive Team
At Greater Sudbury Police Service we acknowledge that our Vision, Mission and Values are the foundation upon which we have built our "Shared Commitment to Community Safety and Well-being" model of service delivery. As we move forward with collaborative, risk-focused strategies we recognize and value the commitment of individual and collective team efforts in achieving a standard of excellence in community safety.
We are proud to introduce you to our Executive Team; Paul Pedersen - Chief of Police, Allan Lekun - Deputy Chief of Police and Sharon Baiden - Chief Administrative Officer.
Paul Pedersen - Chief of Police
Chief Pedersen took the helm of the Greater Sudbury Police Service on May 5th, 2014. He brings to Sudbury more than 34 years of exceptional police experience having served in progressively senior leadership positions with York Regional Police Service including Investigative Services and Community Services and is well regarded for his contribution to police education.
Paul's leadership experience covers all aspects of policing, including responsibilities for frontline operations and investigative services and is supported by a strong academic background. He holds a Master of Public Administration from Western University along with a Diploma in Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University.
He holds the Certified Municipal Manager Police Executive Level 3 Designation and an Executive Diploma in Management Level 7 through the Chartered Management Institute. He is the proud recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal and holds prestigious awards from the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics and the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police.
Paul is well known for his contributions to many activities and organizations such as the Special Olympics Summer Games, Youth Challenge International, YMCA Strong Kids Program, Iron Cops for Cancer, Soup Kitchen, and as a soccer club coach.
Paul is a proponent for change and innovation. He is a strong advocate for community policing and described Sudbury's new policing model also known as 'The Nickel' as a full circle approach to community safety and well-being.
Paul is married to Diane and has two adult daughters. He is a passionate triathlete and an avid runner.
Allan R. Lekun - Deputy Chief of Police
Born and raised in Sudbury, Deputy Chief Lekun began his career with the Greater Sudbury Police in 1989. As the Deputy Chief, he currently oversees the Criminal Investigations, Patrol Operations, Operational Support and Administrative Support Divisions of the Police Service.
In his career, Deputy Chief Lekun has served in front-line, supervisory, and progressively senior leadership positions across all Command areas with the Police Service and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position of Deputy Chief. In addition, from September of 2008 until May of 2009 he served as the Interim Chief of Police for the West Nipissing Police Service. Following which, in June of 2009, he was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief of Police with the Greater Sudbury Police Service.
Allan graduated from Laurentian University with a BA in Law and Justice, and then attended McGill University where he studied in the Faculty of Education and completed graduate work in Political Science. In 2002 he was granted his Master of Business Administration degree from Laurentian University. In addition to his formal education, Allan has completed numerous operational, management and leadership courses at the Ontario Police College and Canadian Police College. He is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Program offered through the United States Department of Justice.
Allan is an active member of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP), as well as the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP). He has participated on a number of OACP committee's and is currently a member of the OACP Justice Committee. He has also remained active in OACP Zone 1A activities, and is currently the Assistant Director for the Zone.
In addition to his professional career, Deputy Chief Lekun has remained active in the community. He is a founding member and the current Vice-President of the Joe MacDonald Youth Football League. He also sits on the Community Advisory Board for Homelessness Initiatives. He was a member of the Rotary Club of Sudbury Sunrisers, the Sudbury District Council of Easter Seals Ontario, and the House of Kin. He was also instrumental in establishing the Sudbury Task Force to Remove Impaired Driving Everywhere (STRIDE); a collaborative, multi-agency partnership focused on enhancing community safety and wellbeing through the development of a proactive community strategy to address impaired driving.
Allan is the honoured recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal, the Police Exemplary Service Medal, and was recently appointed as a Member of the Order of Merit of Police Forces in January of 2014.
Allan is married to Nicole and has 2 teenage daughters. He is an avid outdoorsman and passionate about supporting the development of youth through their participation in sports.
Sharon Baiden - Chief Administrative Officer
CAO Baiden has been with the Service since April 1995. Sharon came to the Service after a significant restructuring which civilianized the Administration and Corporate Services Leadership position. Reporting directly to the Chief of Police, Sharon is responsible for Finance, Facilities, Fleet, Human Resources, Records, Release of Information, Training and Professional Development, Customer Service and Special Projects.
A graduate of Queens University, she is a Registered Nurse holding a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing Science. She is qualified as a Certified Human Resources Professional and has been granted the Certified Municipal Manager Police Executive designation. Prior to joining the Police Service, Sharon was the Executive Director of VON Sudbury for 10 years and previously worked as a Health Care Officer at Kingston Penitentiary.
In addition to her professional work, Sharon is actively involved in the community currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Sudbury Theatre Centre and the Bereavement Foundation of Sudbury. As a strong supporter in the fight against cancer, in 2006, she joined many colleagues in "Shave for the Record" having her head shaved in an effort to beat cancer. Other volunteer involvement in recent years includes Cambrian College Foundation, the Independent Centre and Network Board of Directors and a member of the United Way Centraide Campaign Cabinet. . In 2012, she participated in "Dancing with the Stars" a fundraiser in support of Easter Seals.
Sharon led the Committee that planned and organized the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference in Sudbury in 2009. Two years later, she chaired the Games Organizing Committee for the 2011 Special Olympics Ontario Provincial Floor Hockey Championships. In 2013, she proudly was the lead on 40th Anniversary celebrations for the Service.
Sharon is a member of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, Canadian Federation of University Women, the Human Resources Professionals Association, the College of Nurses, and the Ontario Municipal Management Institute.
Sharon was welcomed into the Special Olympics Hall of Fame in October 2011 and was recognized by the YWCA as a Woman of Distinction in May 2011. She is a proud recipient of a Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal and in May 2013 was inducted into the Order of Merit of the Police Forces.
Sharon's personal interests include her family, education for children with special needs, travel, home decorating, and cooking.