Windsor police Chief Pam Mizuno has introduced her sudden retirement, in a information launch late Tuesday.
Mizuno turned the southwestern Ontario metropolis’s first feminine police chief on Oct. 4, 2019. Her retirement takes impact March 31, in accordance with an announcement. It comes two years earlier than the tip of her five-year contract.
“I have loved my time at the Windsor Police Service and I love the communities of Windsor and Amherstburg,” mentioned Mizuno within the information launch.
“It has been an honour and privilege to lead this organization and I want to thank all of our members at the Windsor Police Service. I also want to thank our communities for your support over the past 2.5 years, and the trust and confidence you have given to the Windsor Police Service, without which, we would not function.”
Deputy Chief Jason Bellaire will develop into appearing police chief starting April 1.
A particular in-camera Windsor Police Companies Board assembly was held Monday, and CBC Information has realized it was in relation to a personnel challenge. The board is predicted to start a proper recruitment course of to discover a everlasting police chief.
It is unclear why Mizuno is retiring so all of a sudden, and a spokesperson informed CBC Information she is not conducting any interviews right now.
The Windsor Police Affiliation mentioned it was shocked when it realized of Mizuno’s retirement.
“I think we’re all surprised,” mentioned president Shawn McCurdy. “We did not see it coming. We had no idea she intended on retiring. There was no indication made to us at all. Well, I imagine it’s going to have an impact [internally] however, we’re a strong organization. The Windsor Police Service will continue to provide excellent service to citizens in Windsor and Amherstburg.”
Mizuno’s surprising announcement comes lower than six weeks after Windsor police and lots of different businesses throughout Canada helped finish a blockade on the Ambassador Bridge by pandemic mandate protesters.
Mayor says police board needs Mizuno the most effective
“On behalf of the board, we acknowledge Chief Mizuno’s accomplishments during her tenure ensuring that community safety and well-being were always her top priority,” mentioned Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens in a information launch. He is additionally chair of the Windsor Police Companies Board.
“Pamela has led the service through significant challenges over the past 2.5 years. Her work has resulted in a well-respected police service by citizens throughout the city of Windsor and the town of Amherstburg. The board wishes her all the best in retirement.”
CBC Information has requested an interview with Dilkens, however has not acquired a response.
Mizuno joined the Windsor Police Service in 1994 and was promoted to superintendent in 2016. Two years later, she accepted a deputy chief place.
When then police chief Al Frederick retired on June 27, Mizuno turned appearing chief earlier than transferring into the everlasting place.