Lethbridge - City Council ratifies appointment of new police chief

October 27, 2014

City Council ratified today the appointment of Robert A. (Rob) Davis as the new Chief of Police for the Lethbridge Regional Police Service.
Davis was unanimously chosen for the position by the nine-member Lethbridge Regional Police Commission, which provides civilian oversight to the police service. Davis has served as Chief of Police for the Dryden Police Service in Dryden, ON since 2011. His appointment in Lethbridge takes effect on Jan. 5, 2015 for a four-year term with a two-year renewal option.
“The police commission set out to find a new police chief who is a creative thinker, who is a strong leader and who has a proven track record in policing. Rob Davis has demonstrated excellence to us in each of those areas. He is passionate about public service and that came through loud and clear during the interview process,” said Alexander McKay, Commission Chairman. “We welcome him to our community, and we are confident he will be an excellent fit for our organization who will work well with the current executive leadership of the Lethbridge Regional Police Service.”
Council also ratified the appointment of Deputy Police Chief Colin Catonio as Interim Chief of Police from Nov. 1, 2014 to Jan. 4, 2015. Catonio is a 34-year veteran of the police service and has served as deputy chief since August 2013. His appointment as interim chief will take effect following the departure of current Chief of Police Tom McKenzie, who is retiring on Oct. 31 after 38 years with the police service.
“City Council appreciates the important and intensive work of the police commission and its selection committee in identifying and recommending a proven individual to lead the Lethbridge Regional Police Service,” said Mayor Chris Spearman. “One of Council’s mandates is to ensure a safe community, and we’re confident our new police chief will provide excellent leadership. We congratulate him and welcome him to our community.”
Davis began his policing career in 1990 as an Auxiliary Constable with the Haldimand-Norfolk Regional Police in southern Ontario. In 1994, he joined the neighbouring Six Nations Police Service where he served from 1994-2011, starting as a constable and rising through the ranks to Inspector and Acting Deputy Chief. During that time, he also served on secondment to the RCMP in Ottawa from 2006-2009 and in Ontario’s far north with the Nishnawbe Aski Police Service in 2005-2006. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from McMaster University and is a recipient of the prestigious Gimborn Award from the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police and the International Police Association for his leadership in combating organized crime and aboriginal gangs.
“I am very excited and humbled to become a member of the team,” said Davis. “The Lethbridge Regional Police Service is recognized internationally for its excellence and innovation in public safety. I am eager to serve with the dedicated men and women of the police service, the commission, and the City who have worked hard to ensure a safe, healthy community and to make the police service a leader in our profession.”
The police commission launched its search for a new police chief in April 2014 with the assistance of Boyden Global Executive Search. Under Alberta’s Police Act, police commissions are responsible for appointing chiefs of police.