Changing of the guard for Smiths Falls Police

Posted on: October 26, 2016

By Howida Sorour-Roberts

With the retirement of Chief Robert Dowdall, which takes effect on Sept. 30 the Smiths Falls Police Services Board has appointed new leaders for the force.

Deputy Chief Mark MacGillivray as the next Chief of Police starting Oct. 1.  He will be supported by Staff Sergeant Richard Labelle, who has been appointed Deputy Chief of Police.  Both men have 29 years of experience in policing.  MacGillvery has served that entire time with the Town of Smiths Falls and Labelle has been with Smiths Falls for the past 22 years of his 29 years service.

“With these new appointments we are confident we will have the same level of excellence we’ve come to expect,” said Chris Cummings, Smiths Falls councillor.

The Police Services Board is honouring Smiths Falls Police Chief Robert Dowdall for his nearly 35 years of service  on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.  Presentations and tributes will be held at 5:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend and offer their good wishes to the outgoing chief. 

Anyone interested in attending is asked to contact Janice Tomlinson at 613-284-4211 to confirm.