Minister Alexander announces citizenship judge appointment in Kitchener

OTTAWA, June 25, 2014 /CNW/ - Chris Alexander announced the appointment today of Larry Gravill of New Hamburg, Ontario, as part-time citizenship judge for Kitchener effective June 13, 2014.

Judge Gravill has more than 37 years of dedicated police service to the community. He worked as a Senior Officer of the Waterloo Regional Police Service for a total of 23 years in progressively responsible positions, from Staff Inspector, Deputy Chief of Administration to Chief of Police. He has a strong focus on community building and leadership. He is a member of the FBI National Academy Associates and was appointed to the Board of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Research Foundation in 2012.

Judge Gravill holds a Bachelor of Arts from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo and three post-secondary diplomas in police studies from the Ontario Police College and University of Western Ontario. He also studied at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Judge Gravill received an LLD - Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Waterloo in 2009.

Citizenship judges are responsible for making decisions with regard to citizenship applications, presiding over citizenship ceremonies and administering the oath of citizenship to new citizens.

Citizenship judges are appointed by the Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. New appointees are chosen from a list of qualified candidates who have gone through rigorous screening. Candidates for citizenship judge appointments are evaluated against the skills required by the position: information-seeking, judgment/analytical thinking, decision making, effective communication, cross-cultural sensitivity, and leadership.

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Alexis Pavlich
Minister's Office
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
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