The Peel Police Services Board announced the appointment of Chris McCord as interim police chief, effective Jan. 12. McCord succeeds Chief Jennifer Evans, who retires on Jan. 1 after more than 35 years with Peel Regional Police.
Chris McCord began his policing career in 1979 as a member of the Royal Ulster Constabulary, in Northern Ireland. He served nine distinguished years, attaining the rank of sergeant, before immigrating to Canada in 1988 where he joined Peel Regional Police. During the G8/G20 Summit in 2010, Deputy Chief McCord was assigned as the deputy director of the Unified Command Center in Barrie. In 2011, he was promoted to superintendent and assigned as executive officer to the chief of police. On Nov. 23, 2012, Chris McCord was appointed Peel Police deputy chief. In 2015, McCord was appointed to the Order of Merit of the Police Forces by the Governor General of Canada.
“The board wants to congratulate Chief Evans on a distinguished career, including the past six years as chief,” said chair Norma Nicholson. “The board is very pleased to announce the appointment of Chris McCord as interim chief, who can provide a seamless transition until a new full-time chief of police is appointed. Acting Chief McCord is an experienced and respected leader. We are confident that he will provide steadfast leadership during the interim period.”
With the appointment of Interim Chief McCord, the Peel Police Services Board will continue its focus on hiring a new chief to lead Peel Regional Police. The board is committed to creating engagement opportunities for citizens, employees and community partners to share their thoughts, and will post regular updates at key stages throughout the process.