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Chiefs of Police

History of Chiefs of Police

The first Police Force was officially formed when the community of Sault Ste. Marie was incorporated as a municipality in 1871. However, there was a police presence in the area dating back to 1856.

From 1871 until 1911, Chiefs of Police were appointed by the Municipal Council. In 1911, a new by-law was enacted and a Board of Commissioners of Police was formed. The Board would appoint the Chiefs of Police until 1990. The Police Services Act was introduced that year, and since then the Sault Ste. Marie Police Services Board has been responsible for choosing the leader of the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service.

1856 – 1868

Francis J. Hughes – Chief Constable

1868-1871

Andrew Hynes – Chief Constable

1871 - 1876

Andrew C. McKay, Reeve of the village of Sault Ste. Marie, appointed Head Constable.

1876 - 1884

JOHN DAWSON, appointed Municipal Constable

1884 - 1885

THOMAS HAMILL appointed Municipal Constable and Nuisance Inspector

1885 - 1887

GEORGE ALDERSON appointed Municipal Constable

1887 - February 1st

ALLEN TEMPLETON appointed Municipal Constable

1888 - 1891

IRA ALLEN appointed Constable

1891 - February 3rd

JOHN HARRIS appointed Constable and Sanitary Officer (East Korah and Tarentorus Sanitary Inspector in 182)

1894 - 1895

A.B. McLEAN appointed Policeman

1895 - 1897

D.B. MURRAY appointed Chief of Police. Resigned December 31, 1896

1897 - 1900

F.H. HUGHES appointed Chief of Police. Resigned April 30, 1900

1900 - 1911

I.J. DOWNEY appointed Chief of Police

1911 - 1921

RALPH C. VINCENT appointed Chief of Police. Resigned April 30, 1921 to become Police Court Clerk

1921 - 1924

JOHN FORTUNE appointed Chief of Police. Resigned July 22, 1924

1924 - 1929

HUGH B. GRAHAM appointed Chief of Police. Resigned October 1, 1929

1929 - 1932

JOHN BORTHWICK appointed Chief of Police. Resigned February 23, 1932

1932 - 1942

GEORGE HARBOTTLE appointed Chief of Police. Resigned May 20, 1942

1942 - 1964

IRVIN L. ROBERTSON appointed Chief of Police. Resigned July 31, 1964

1964 - 1978

FREDERICK R. CLARK appointed Chief of Police. Resigned July 31, 1978

1978 - 1987

ROBERT T. McEWEN appointed Chief of Police. Retired March 31, 1987

1987 - 1995

BARRY V. KING appointed Chief of Police. Retired September 30, 1995

1995 - 1996

ROBERT T. McEWEN re-appointed Chief of Police. Retired December 1, 1996

1996 - 2014

ROBERT D. DAVIES appointed Chief of Police. Retired June 30, 2014

2014 - 2018

ROBERT A . KEETCH appointed Chief of Police. Retired June ?, 2018

2018 – Present

Chief Hugh Stevenson

HUGH E. STEVENSON appointed Chief of Police