Police expected to name new chief


The Deep River Police Services Board (PSB) is expected to name a new police chief this week.

That was one of the highlights of the board’s virtual meeting (its first since the COVID-19 pandemic struck in March) held Monday morning.

Former police chief Barry Swarbrick, a long-time member of the Deep River Police Service (DRPS), announced last June his intention to retire, but gave the PSB ample time to find a replacement, and made his retirement official at the end of last month.

Sergeant Steve Lehoux, also a long-time member of the local police service, has been filling in as the interim police chief since Swarbrick’s retirement.

Tracy Russell, chair of the PSB, expressed regret at Monday’s meeting that the board wasn’t able to give Swarbrick “a proper goodbye” through a formal retirement party due to the COVID-19 pandemic, while taking pains to laud his many accomplishments.

In terms of succession planning, meanwhile, Russell noted that the board posted the job opening in February and “we had a great response” from candidates.

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