March 18, 2020
Board Hires New Chief of Police
York Region – On behalf of the York Regional Police Services Board, Chair Virginia Hackson is pleased to announce that York Regional Police Deputy Chief James MacSween has been selected as the incoming Chief of Police for York Regional Police effective May 1st, 2020.
“Deputy Chief MacSween has the qualities of modern leadership. He performs at a high level, with integrity and commitment, and is the strong and supportive leader required to achieve successes over the next five years,” said Chair Hackson.
Chief-Designate MacSween has 30 years of service with York Regional Police and has proven leadership abilities across all areas of the organization. He has extensive experience in administration, operations and strategic initiatives. Chief-Designate MacSween has served as the officer-in-charge of #2 and #4 Districts, Training and Education and Operational Command. As the Deputy Chief of Police, he was assigned to the Support Branch where he led a number of key strategic initiatives for York Regional Police.
Chief-Designate MacSween holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts Degree in Justice Studies from the University of Guelph. He is also a graduate of the Police Leadership Program at the Rotman School of Management and the Executive Strategic Management Program at the Senior Management Institute for Police. He has a proven track record and is known to be a strong team builder and communicator.
Chief-Designate MacSween is a recipient of the Governor General’s Exemplary Service 20-year medal and is active in the community where he volunteers his time with such organizations as Special Olympics Ontario. He is currently the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for St. John Ambulance and has previously served as Chair of the Community Services Committee.
“I feel privileged and honoured to have the opportunity to lead a forward-thinking organization that embraces technology and is always looking for ways to improve. I want to thank the professional and highly dedicated women and men of York Regional Police for their ongoing commitment to the safety of our community and to the health and well-being of our members. Lastly, I want to thank the York Regional Police Services Board for having the trust and confidence in choosing me as the next Chief of Police, and for their ongoing support to our organization,” said Deputy Chief MacSween.
Deputy Chief James MacSween will succeed Chief Eric Jolliffe who will retire on April 30 after 40 years in policing including 10 years as Chief of Police.
The Regional Municipality of York Police Services Board is the civilian board which governs and oversees the York Regional Police. Four members of the Board are appointed by Regional Council and three by the Province of Ontario. One of the responsibilities of the Board is to recruit and appoint the Chief of Police and the Deputy Chief of Police.
For more information: Mafalda Avellino, Executive Director, Police Services Board
1-877-464-9675 ext. 77906 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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