LETHBRIDGE - Regional Police Chief Tom McKenzie has announced plans to retire after 37-years of service.
McKenzie says the Police Service is in a good position and has strong
partnerships in place and this is a good time to go off and enjoy life and
take on some new challenges, while he's still young enough to do it.
The Police are currently developing their budget and business plan for the 2015-2018 cycle and so the Police Commission has asked McKenzie to stay in the position until the end of October to help them complete the process.
McKenzie was hired 1976, rose through the ranks and was appointed Chief of Police in 2007.
A news release included the following biographical notes on Lethbridge's Chief of Police:
"Chief McKenzie is a graduate of the Lethbridge College Criminal Justice program and a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award.
In 2012 he was invested in the Order of Merit of the Police Forces. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Merit (O.O.M) for outstanding meritorious service at the regional and provincial level.
In the Blackfoot community, McKenzie is known as Mistaki ikitstaki which means Mountain Offering. The Blackfoot name was bestowed upon him for his kindness and support of the Blackfoot people. He is also a member of the Kainai Head Dress Society of the Blood Reserve.
McKenzie is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and the Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police."
In the coming months the Police Commission will work with the Police Service and City of Lethbridge to conduct a comprehensive search for the next Chief.