The office of the Public Interest Commissioner is an independent office of the Alberta Legislative Assembly, responsible for investigating allegations of wrongdoing in the public service and complaints of reprisal made under the Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Act.
As one of Alberta’s Legislative Officers, the Public Interest Commissioner facilitates the disclosure and investigation of significant and serious matters in or relating to departments, public entities, offices or prescribed service providers, that an employee believes may be unlawful, dangerous to the public or injurious to the public interest.
The Commissioner investigates allegations of wrongdoing and investigates complaints where an employee believes a reprisal has occurred against them for reporting wrongdoing or seeking advice.
The Commissioner is responsible for conducting fair and impartial investigations, and making strong and effective recommendations for corrective measures when wrongdoing is found. The Commissioner’s office aims to promote a culture within the public sector that encourages employees and management to report wrongdoings in their workplace.
The Public Interest Commissioner is the resource for public sector employees who believe wrongdoing is occurring in their organization, and want to receive the confidentiality and protection provisions of the Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Act.
Kevin Brezinski is a 30-year veteran of the Edmonton Police Service having served most recently as the Deputy Chief of the Investigations and Support Services Bureau. He has extensive investigative experience and has worked with law enforcement agencies throughout Canada and the United States related to serious and organized crime. In addition, he has significant experience in working within the guidelines of administrative law. He previously served as the senior officer in charge of the Professional Standards Branch dealing with complaints against police officers and the police service. He believes that managing complaints in a fair and unbiased manner is key to public trust.
Giving back to the community has always been a priority for Kevin. He has served as a board member for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Alberta and joined colleagues in raising money for the annual Polar Plunge. He also supported a program that established dedicated and culturally sensitive support for families of victims of serious crime.
Originally from a small community in Saskatchewan, he graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Psychology. He now resides in Edmonton with his family. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time outdoors and is an avid golfer.