P.A. Police have new acting chief

By Glenn Hicks
February 14, 2018 - 5:00pm

The Prince Albert Board of Police Commissioners has appointed Deputy Chief Jeff Rowden as acting chief.

Rowden will serve until the board finds a new chief of police.

Mayor Greg Dionne said Rowden brings plenty of experience to the role. 

“He’s well-versed on the job and I’m quite sure he’s capable of doing the job,” Dionne told paNOW.

However he made it clear Rowden would not be making any major decisions.

“It’s sort of a housekeeper job to make sure the force is running and all the policies and things that we’re looking at continue on,” Dionne said.

Rowden officially takes over next Tuesday on his return from vacation and when outgoing chief Troy Cooper departs for his new assignment as chief of the Saskatoon Police Service.

Dionne said the board of commissioners would not be in a rush to select Cooper’s permanent replacement.

“We won’t jump into this,” he said. “This is a big decision for our city. It’s a big position, a high profile position and we want to ensure we get the right person for the job.”

Citing privacy laws Dionne could not comment on whether Rowden had applied for the permanent chief position or comment on who else may have done so.


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