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Chris Lewis to step down as OPP Commissioner

Monday, December 16, 2013   by: SooToday.com Staff

OPP NEWS RELEASE

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Chris Lewis to step down as OPP Commissioner

Lewis to retire in March 2014

Commissioner Chris Lewis will retire from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) on March 28, 2014, after a career spanning 35 years.

Lewis joined the OPP in 1978 and began his career as a Provincial Constable in Kapuskasing.

He has since served across the province in a variety of front-line, specialized and management positions.

Among his accomplishments, Lewis is the first police officer to have been awarded all three levels of the Canadian Order of Merit of the Police Forces, presented by three successive Governors General.

Since his appointment as OPP Commissioner in August 2010, Lewis has demonstrated professional integrity and personal leadership through a number of initiatives and investigations.

He is responsible for creating and enhancing operational relationships with police leaders in Ontario, as well as at the national and international level, through the Ontario, Canadian and International Associations of Chiefs of Police.

Commissioner Lewis has been educated in Aboriginal government and law and is a graduate of the FBI's National Executive Institute Program.

He remains a strong advocate for community-based initiatives, including the United Way and the Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics.

A search for Commissioner Lewis's replacement will begin immediately.

Quick facts

The OPP was created in 1909 and has approximately 6,200 uniformed officers and 2,800 civilian employees and 850 Auxiliary members - one of North America’s largest deployed police services.

Commissioner Lewis is the 13th Commissioner of the OPP (its 14th leader) and the first to be born and raised in Northern Ontario.

Learn more

Find out more about the Ontario Provincial Police.

Quotes

"I want to thank Commissioner Lewis for a lifetime of outstanding service over his long and distinguished career. He should be proud of the significant contribution he has made to ensuring Ontario remains safe, strong and prosperous." - Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario

"Commissioner Lewis’ reputation among the officers who have served with him is unparalleled and speaks to the leadership and dedication that have been the hallmark of his career. It has been a pleasure to work alongside him and I want to thank him for all he has done to uphold the law and keep Ontario families safe." - Madeleine Meilleur, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services

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keeper 12/16/2013 10:43:32 AM Report

The next Chief for the Sault
grandmajill 12/16/2013 10:56:25 AM Report

Congratulations Chris, I'm sure a much needed rest is in order after such a stressful career. Best of luck
Beej 12/16/2013 11:08:53 AM Report

Must have been stressful, for a 56 year old man he looks more like 70.
Algomasteammaker 12/16/2013 11:56:24 AM Report

Congratulations Commissioner Lewis on your retirement, and thank you very much for your years of dedicated service to the people of Ontario. It's nice to see what someone from a small Northern Ontario town can achieve!
Sam C 12/16/2013 12:11:07 PM Report

Congratulations on an exemplary career. You have done the Sault proud.
I'm In 12/16/2013 5:56:04 PM Report

Sam C where does it say he served the Sault, maybe the Province which the Sault is part of, fill me in. And @ keeper: no he will not be the next Chief of Police for SSM he is retiring
Timbob 12/16/2013 6:07:08 PM Report

I'm gonna call BS on this one.

He gets promoted to Commissioner just a little over 3 years before retirement - just so he can get maximum pension thanks to the Ontario taxpayer. Never did a damn thing to advance the or improve the OPP in those 3 years that I can see.

Nice play if your pay cheque comes from the Government I guess.
tba 12/17/2013 9:53:05 AM Report

To TIMBOB....
What have YOU done to advance ANYTHING,
For the people of Ontario or the Sault,or even your own neighbourhood.!

If YOU can't say something good about someone,
Just keep your mouth shut.
It's best to be thought a fool,then to open your mouth,and remove all doubt!
Tag33&1/3rd 12/17/2013 12:24:29 PM Report

@Timbob

dummy!
Panno 12/18/2013 3:31:50 PM Report

Congrats Chris on a stellar career. You are an example to all, showing what can be achieved through passion, on-going training and education and dedication to serving others. Be proud of who you are and what you have done. We are.
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