History of Chiefs

From the date of the Incorporation of Sault Ste. Marie as a village in 1871 up to 1911, Chiefs of Police were appointed by the Municipal Council. In 1911, By-law #652 was enacted appointing a Board of Commissioners of Police who thereafter made appointments of Chiefs of Police. In 1990 with the enactment of the Police Services Act, this responsibility was continued on by the Sault Ste. Marie Police Services Board.

1871 - July 29th

ANDREW C. McKAY, Reeve of the village of Sault Ste. Marie, was appointed Head Constable.

1876 - February 4th

JOHN DAWSON, appointed Municipal Constable (By-law #58).

1877 - May 2nd

JOHN DAWSON, appointed Municipal Constable (By-law #91).

1881 - February 1st

JOHN DAWSON appointed Municipal Constable, Nuisance Inspector, and Poundkeeper for the divisions comprising of the town and localities immediately adjoining (By-law #149).

1884 - February 5th

THOMAS HAMILL appointed Municipal Constable and Nuisance Inspector (By-law #182).

1885 - February 3rd

GEORGE ALDERSON appointed Municipal Constable (By-law #195).

1887 - February 1st

ALLEN TEMPLETON appointed Municipal Constable (By-law #213).

1888 - March 6th

IRA ALLEN appointed Constable (By-law #229).

1889 - March 5th

IRA ALLEN appointed Constable (By-law #237).

1890 - February 4th

IRA ALLEN appointed Constable (By-law #250).

1891 - February 3rd

JOHN HARRIS appointed Constable and Sanitary Officer (By-law # 260).

1892 - February 2nd

JOHN HARRIS appointed Constable and Sanitary Inspector for East Korah and Tarentorus (By-law #265).

1894 - January 21st

A.B. McLEAN appointed Policeman (By-law #307).

1895 - February 2nd

D.B. MURRAY appointed Chief of Police. Resigned December 31, 1896.

1897 - January 20th

F.H. HUGHES appointed Chief of Police. Resigned April 30, 1900.

1900 - April 30th

I.J. DOWNEY appointed Chief of Police.

1911 - April 21st

RALPH C. VINCENT appointed Chief of Police. Resigned April 30, 1921 to become Police Court Clerk.

1921 - May 1st

JOHN FORTUNE appointed Chief of Police. Resigned July 22, 1924.

1924 - July 24th

HUGH B. GRAHAM appointed Chief of Police. Resigned October 1, 1929.

1929 - November 1st

JOHN BORTHWICK appointed Chief of Police. Resigned February 23, 1932.

1932 - February 7th

GEORGE HARBOTTLE appointed Chief of Police. Resigned May 20, 1942.

1942 - August 30th

IRVIN L. ROBERTSON appointed Chief of Police. Resigned July 31, 1964.

1964 - August 27th

FREDERICK R. CLARK appointed Chief of Police. Resigned July 31, 1978.

1978 - August 1st

ROBERT T. McEWEN appointed Chief of Police. Retired March 31, 1987.

1987 - April 1st

BARRY V. KING appointed Chief of Police. Retired September 30, 1995.

1995 - October 1st

ROBERT T. McEWEN re-appointed Chief of Police. Retired December 1, 1996.

1996 - December 2nd

ROBERT D. DAVIES appointed Chief of Police.  Retired June 30, 2014.

2014 - June 16th

ROBERT A . KEETCH appointed Chief of Police.

 

 

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