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New chief of police chosen by Smiths Falls Police Services Board

July 4, 2024  By Town of Smiths Falls


Former Police Chief Mark MacGillivray poses with newly appointed Chief Jodi Empey. Photo credit: Town of Smiths Falls

July 4, 2024, Smiths Falls, Ont. – The Smiths Falls Police Services Board has announced the appointment of Jodi Empey as Police Chief for the Town of Smiths Falls, effective July 3.

A veteran member, Chief Empey joined the Smiths Falls Police Service as a recruit in 1994 and continued to move up the ranks throughout her 30-year career. She held the position of Deputy Chief in 2022 and recently served as the Acting Police Chief appointed on January 1, 2024, when former Chief Mark MacGillivray retired from the force.

“I’m honoured to become the 20th chief going back to 1881 when the first chief of police was appointed, for this beautiful town that I have lived and worked in for the past 30 years. I have an amazing team within the service, and I look forward to continuing to work with them as we move forward with a positive vision and direction for the community we serve,” noted Chief Empey.

Chief Empey brings with her a unique and required understanding of the Service’s history, community needs, and the future desired vision of the Smiths Falls Police Services Board. She has demonstrated professionalism and leadership serving in all ranks, while building exceptional relationships with community partners, stakeholders and residents.

“We were pleased to see Chief Empey become the first female deputy chief and now police chief in our history. Her dedication and extensive knowledge required to effectively lead the force will assist the team in evolving with the changing needs of the community. We look forward to seeing her many accomplishments as Chief,” said Shawn Pankow, Chairperson of the Smiths Falls Police Services Board.


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