OCT 04 2012
WINNIPEG - Devon Clunis has been named as Winnipeg's new chief of police.
Clunis, a 25-year veteran who is also the police service chaplain, will be sworn in the city's 17th police chief during a ceremony to be held at a later date.
He will take over from current chief Keith McCaskill, who has served in that role since December 2007.
McCaskill announced in March that he intends to retire when his term ends on Dec. 9, 2012.
Clunis' appointment was announced Thursday in a news release from the city's Chief Administrative Officer Phil Sheegl.
“Devon Clunis’ appointment comes at a time of both challenge and change for the police service,” Sheegl said.
“He is a proven leader and a team-builder who cares deeply about our city. I know that his vision, experience, relationship-building skills and strategic thinking will enable the WPS to help make Winnipeg an even better place to live.”
Clunis began his career with the WPS in 1987 and has served in all major areas of the organization including uniform patrol, traffic, plainclothes investigation, community relations, organizational development, and duty office, as well as a number of administrative leadership roles.
Clunis’ current assignment is overseeing the service’s development support branch, which encompasses four divisions.
He has also overseen the development of an in-house leadership development program for newly-promoted police officers.
All of that has made Clunis a well-respected leader in the service, states the news release.