SOUTH SIMCOE POLICE SERVICES BOARD
ANNOUNCES NEW CHIEF OF POLICE
The South Simcoe Police Services Board is pleased to announce following an extensive search process that Richard (Rick) J. Beazley will be appointed as the Service’s next Chief of Police. The position became vacant with the departure of Bruce Davis following his retirement on January 1, 2012. Chief Designate Beazley takes over effective Monday, April 16; an official change of command ceremony will take place prior to the regular Board meeting on that date.
Chief Designate Beazley has had an extensive policing career, which began in 1975 with the Winnipeg Police Service. His career has included uniform patrol, Homicide, Forensic Identification, Professional Standards, Services and Administration and work within the Crime Division. In April of 2000, he joined the Strathroy-Caradoc Police Service as Deputy Chief and in January of 2009, he was appointed Chief of Police.
The Chief Designate studied science at the University of Winnipeg and holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Western University. He also holds accreditation as a Certified Municipal Manager and is a Member of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP), Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and the Canadian Identification Society (CIS). He is active in the OACP as a sub-committee member and was formerly on the Forensic Services Advisory Committee, Office of the Chief Coroner. Chief Designate Beazley has also lectured on policing issues at the Ontario Police College and at Fanshawe College.
Chief Designate Beazley’s appointment is a culmination of a search conducted by the Police Services Board which started in October 2011. Board Chair Lori Boudreau had this to say about the process and the selection:
“We had 27 initial applicants from across the province. With the assistance of a steering committee composed of two Chiefs of Police, a Town CAO, and two Board members, we short listed 8 applicants and then subsequently brought the top three candidates forward for a second round of interviews. The process also included the requirement to provide a written paper addressing the top 3 priorities for the next 18 months of the South Simcoe Police Service.
As part of the approach, the Board listened to the community by soliciting input on what they wanted to see in the new Chief of Police. In the end, we saw Chief Designate Rick Beazley as
the best fit to lead the South Simcoe Police Service. There is no question the service is facing a challenging period with requirements to reduce costs and deal with the effects on service staff of a recently commenced OPP costing exercise. I am confident Chief Designate Beazley is up to this challenge and will prove to be an excellent leader. I am excited to have him on board.”
Both town councils will have an opportunity to be introduced to the new Chief at their council meetings in the first week of April. “The public is welcome and encouraged to attend the council meetings and the swearing in ceremony,” stated Boudreau.
“Chief Beazley’s professionalism, strategic thinking, vision, sound operational experience and ability to build relationships have prepared him for the challenges ahead as he leads the South Simcoe Police Service. I look forward to working with our new Chief and have every confidence that he will provide the leadership our community is seeking from its police service,” said Barb Baguley, Mayor of Innisfil.
"Throughout the interview process, Rick Beazley exhibited all the qualities we were looking for in our new Chief. He is a great communicator who will challenge all members of our police service to rise to their potential and expand their skills. He is a man who commands respect and will be open and accessible. Our new Chief has a strong record in finance, succession planning and is unfazed by the challenges currently facing our service. He will serve us well," commented Doug White, Mayor of Bradford West Gwillimbury.
Board Vice Chair, Sharon Villani, has no concerns about the future of the South Simcoe Police Service and “is confident that Chief Beazley is the ideal candidate to lead our dedicated officers and civilian members through a temporary blip in the history of our Service. I’m very excited about being a part of this new era and welcome Rick and his family to our communities.”