Alberta's top RCMP officer Marianne Ryan retires after 35-year career
As Marianne Ryan looked out on a crowd of 300 officers gathered at RCMP headquarters in Edmonton to mark her last day as the top officer in the province, she made an appeal.
"The greatest honour that you could pay me going forward is to be kind and respectful to each other," she said Friday.
With that, she retired and said goodbye to a career that spanned 35 years, three provinces, and included many firsts.
In 2013, she was the first woman and openly gay person to take on the role of commanding officer for the RCMP in Alberta. It was a position she never dreamed of reaching, and it all began with a failed vision test.
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