KAWARTHA LAKES-Kawartha Lakes Police Chief Mark Mitchell has informed the Police Services Board of his intention to retire in August 2024.
“I felt a bit foolish making this known now when my retirement won’t be until 2024. But with three new Board members coming after the election, I wanted to give them notice now, so they start making plans.” Mitchell told Kawartha 411 News. “There is still lots of work to be done, but it does feel good to have a retirement plan in place.”
Then Inspector Mitchell took over from Chief John Hagarty in 2018. It was the first time in approximately 60 years a new chief had been hired from within. Mitchell began his career in policing in Peel in 1988 and joined KLPS in 1990. In 2009 he took a leave of absence to serve in Afghanistan with the RCMP International Peace Operations Branch helping to train Afghan soldiers. He is the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamon Jubilee medal, the Police Exemplary Service Medal and the South-West Asia Service Medal.
In a letter to the Police Services Board Mitchell says there is still a lot he hopes to accomplish over the next two years and he thanked the board and the management team.
“I also want to thank members of our command team for their unwavering dedication to service. I have been fortunate to have such a talented team supporting me.” the letter stated. “And finally, I want to acknowledge all of the men and women of the Kawartha Lakes Police Service for their commitment to providing professional policing to our community. It is an honour to service as their Chief of Police.”
Mitchell notes the board will change significantly after the October 24th municipal election with members leaving. Mayor Andy Letham and Councillor Pat O’Reilly are not running and will no longer serve as council representatives on the board.