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Former police chief, Carl Johnston, dies

Carl Johnston

Carl Johnston, former Chatham city police chief.

The former Chatham city police chief, Carl Johnston has died.

Johnston passed away at his home in Collingwood on Sunday at the age of 83. He is survived by his wife Maxine and his three children and their families.

Chief Johnston served as chief of police in Chatham from 1987 -1989, after having also served as chief in Collingwood and in St. Thomas. He was president of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police from 1973-1974. In 1989 he was appointed as assistant deputy minister with the Provincial Ministry of the Solicitor General, a position he held for several years before retiring back to his hometown of Collingwood.

“Chief Johnston was well-respected throughout the Ontario police community, which the Province of Ontario recognized when they appointed him to the position of Assistant Deputy Minister, unfortunately taking him from us at that time… He was a truly honourable gentleman in every sense, he brought class and distinction to our Police Service and had a profound effect on enhancing the professionalism of policing in Ontario during his illustrious career”, said Dennis Poole, Chatham-Kent police chief.

Funeral services will be held this coming Friday in Collingwood.

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