Chief Paul Cook announces his retirement

Chief Paul Cook announces his retirement

After 33 years of dedicated service with the North Bay Police, and the last 11 as Chief of Police, today Paul Cook announced that he is retiring. Members of the North Bay Police Services Board accepted Chief Cook’s notice of retirement at the open session of their monthly meeting this morning.

“Chief Cook’s commitment to serving the people of North Bay and Callander over the years has been exemplary. We also applaud his dedication to policing at the provincial level, not only for his service as president of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police from 2013 to 2014, but for his continued interest in having members of our Service foster and maintain professional relationships with other police services,” said Dennis O’Connor, North Bay Police Services Board Chair. “We look forward to continuing our working relationship with him over the next seven months before he begins his well-earned retirement. The Board will be meeting in the coming weeks to determine the candidate selection process it will undertake in its search for a suitable replacement.”

“I thank members of this Board and previous North Bay Police Services Boards for their confidence in me and my abilities and for granting me the privilege of leading the men and women of our Police Service for the past 11 years,” said Chief Paul Cook, who will remain in his position until January 22nd, 2016. “I couldn’t be prouder of our members, our positive relationships with the people of North Bay and Callander and our collective accomplishments specific to community safety.”

The North Bay Police Services Board is made up of five voting members— two provincial appointees, two City of North Bay Council appointees, and one member of the community who is appointed by City Council. Today’s formal notification provides the Board with sufficient time to discuss, plan for, recruit and hire a new Chief of Police.