Police chief leaving RCMP to take job with city

The search is on for a new police chief in Red Deer for the second time in less than three years.

The search is on for a new police chief in Red Deer for the second time in less than three years.

RCMP Supt. Scott Tod, who joined the city’s detachment in May 2014 is heading into semi-retirement with a new gig at the city.

Tod is the city’s new Municipal Policing Services Manager. He announced his retirement earlier this year and the city approached Tod to take on the role.

His final day in the superintendent’s office is on May 5 and he will start at the city on June 6.

The city has been recruiting to fill the role since September after Marilyn Slawinsky was appointed to the provincial bench.

The department head position is responsible for the overall management of the policing department on the municipal front, the enforcement continuum, leadership of staff and operation of the buildings and fleet.

Sarah Cockerill, the city’s director of Community Services, said this council has placed a huge emphasis on safety in the community and the enforcement from municipal side but also from a policing side.

“It’s a huge win for us to have Scott come across from the RCMP with his 27-year career to come lead our team,” said Cockerill. “He knows policing inside and out and he has been the leader of the largest RCMP detachment in Alberta. We’re really looking forward to bringing that leadership and vision to the strategic direction of policing.”

The position was created out of the full-time equivalent positions approved in the 2015 operating budget.

Cockerill said there were structural changes in the department and a management level position was created which replaced the superintendent level position. There are about 95 people who work out of the policing department at the city.

She said the department is growing and is expected to grow as the city grows.

Tod will make between $111,927 and $139,909.

Tod replaced former Supt. Warren Dosko who unexpectedly stepped down in December 2013 after less than three years on the job. Tod started with the Red Deer RCMP in May 2014.