The Timmins Police Service recently held their Change of Command ceremony at the Timmins Public Library during the afternoon of February 24th

 This ceremony served two purposes:

  • It bid a fond farewell to Chief John Gauthier after 11 years of dedicated service to his community
  • It ushered in Dan Foy as the new Chief of Police for the Timmins Police Service.

Dignitaries, both local and from northeastern Ontario attended in large numbers to take in the ceremony.

The library staff, led by Carole Ann Demers, were extremely accommodating to the organizers.

Despite Covid, and a few weather concerns, the event was well attended as the Timmins Police Service has turned a page in terms of local history.

Chief Foy addresses the audience

Chaplain Smith offers a blessing

Chief Foy completes the Oath of Office

Chief Foy accepts his Timmins Police badge from Timmins Police Board Chair, Rob Knox

Chief Foy listens intently to his predecessor

Former Chief Denis Lavoie extends best wishes to retiring Chief John Gauthier

Chief John Gauthier glances proudly at his family before addressing the audience

TPS Color Guard – Constable Melanie Carter (left) and Constable Tony Chilton (right) march in the dignitaries

TPS Color Guard and Piper Tom Luke march in the dignitaries

TPS color guard (Constable Chilton, S/Sergeant Bouffard, Constable Rouillard and Constable Osborne

TPS color guard march in the colors

Mayor George Pirie offers his best wishes to retiring Chief Gauthier

Chief Gauthier receives a plaque commemorating his service from Rob Knox as Deputy Dacosta looks on

Mayor Pirie bids Chief John Gauthier a fond farewell

Councilor Kristen Murray offers message of recognition of territorial Indigenous lands

Constable Caroline Rouillard sings O’ Canada

Timmins Police Association president, Constable Luc Lamarche, welcomes Chief Dan Foy

Dignitaries from left to right: Chief Gauthier, Chief Foy, Deputy Chief Dacosta and Chaplain Smith

Former Timmins Chiefs of Police: Joe Harwood, John Gauthier, Richard Laperierre, and Denis Lavoie

Chief John Gauthier receives a commemorative photo from Timmins Police Board Chair, Rob Knox

John Gauthier – Commemorative Photo

Commemorative photo is unveiled

Justice David Thomas officiates over the Oath of Office

Mayor Pirie offers parting words of advice to John Gauthier, the civilian

North Bay Police Chief Scott Tod presents Chief John Gauthier with an award from the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police

The paper work is complete

Chief Dan Foy dutifully signs his Oath of Office

The Timmins Police Services Board. Front row: Chief John Gauthier and Chief Dan Foy. Standing: Jamie Clarke, Rob Knox, Kristen Murray, Michelle Boileau, and Kraymr Grenke

Rob Knox, board chair, addresses the audience

Timmins Police Pipes and Drums Piper Tom Luke stands at the ready