Peterborough’s top cop will be hanging up his badge next spring.
Peterborough Police Service Chief of Police Murray Rodd made the announcement on Tuesday afternoon at the Water Street police station’s boardroom. His last day of service will be on June 30, 2018, capping off a 35-year career in Peterborough; the last 10 as chief of police.
Rodd says he has had a “fulfilling career” and is blessed to have served for a full 35 years under three chiefs of police and four deputy chiefs.
“As the chief, I’ve approached every aspect of my duties from a team approach, which included three extremely able deputies and a very talented executive team. Together, we were able to develop a very effective and efficient police service,” he said.
“It has been an honour to have worked with some of the best police officers, civilians and volunteers in law enforcement. I am extremely proud of their commitment to serving the communities of Peterborough, Lakefield and Cavan Monaghan.”
In 2007, Rodd became the inspector of operations and was appointed chief of police in August 2008, the 12th chief of police in the history of the municipal service.
Rodd also received the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police President’s Award in 2015, the highest honour awarded by the province’s senior police leaders.
Peterborough Police Service Board chairman, Bob Hall, praised Rodd for his years of dedication and countless hours as a community volunteer.
“Chief Rodd is recognized throughout the province for his leadership, dedication to public service and relentless commitment to improving the policing profession in Ontario,” said Hall. “We are very fortunate to have such a distinguished and innovative leader.
“We thank Chief Rodd for his dedication and wish him success, happiness and good health in his retirement. He has served our community and police service extremely well.”‘
Rodd and deputy chief Tim Farquharson were embroiled in a contract dispute with the service when the former Peterborough-Lakefield Community Police Service disbanded in 2015. Neither officer lost their jobs but their contracts stated they were each entitled to a year’s salary as compensation (around a combined $460,000) if the force was to dissolve.
The city initially refused to pay and threatened legal action but both sides eventually reached an agreement last October. However, the amount was never made public.