As Janet Leiper starts her job today as Toronto’s integrity commissioner — a role that involves overseeing and pronouncing on the ethical behaviour of elected officials — she comes armed with experience that should prepare her for any surprises.

“The fit was right,” says Leiper, 48, who has been a criminal defence attorney as well as an investigator, prosecutor and defender of lawyers facing discipline at the law society.

“It’s very helpful when you’re thinking about this kind of job to be able to see it from a number of perspectives.”

She comes with a lengthy resumé that includes serving as chairwoman of Legal Aid Ontario from 2004-07 as a visiting professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and as alternate chairwoman of review boards in Ontario and Nunavut, presiding over hearings to determine whether individuals found not criminally responsible can be freed.