Devon Clunis named Winnipeg police chief

Supt. Devon Clunis has been named as Winnipeg's new chief of police.
Devon Clunis has been named chief of the Winnipeg Police Service 2:33

Devon Clunis has been named as Winnipeg's new chief of police.

Clunis, a 25-year veteran who is also the police service chaplain, will be sworn in as the city's 17th police chief during a ceremony to be held at a later date.

He will take over from current chief Keith McCaskill, who has served in that role since December 2007.

McCaskill announced in March that he intends to retire when his term ends on Dec. 9, 2012.

Clunis' appointment was announced Thursday in a news release from the city's Chief Administrative Officer Phil Sheegl.

Clunis said he is looking forward to the role. "I feel really purposeful about this job," he said. "I know I am not in it by myself. It is a daunting task. But as they say, many hands will make the work light."

"He is a proven leader and a team-builder who cares deeply about our city," Sheegl said. "His vision, experience, relationship-building skills and strategic thinking will enable the WPS to help make Winnipeg an even better place to live."

Clunis began his career with the WPS in 1987 and has served in all major areas of the organization including uniform patrol, traffic, plainclothes investigation, community relations, organizational development, and duty office, as well as a number of administrative leadership roles.

Clunis’ current assignment is overseeing the service’s development support branch, which encompasses four divisions.

He has also overseen the development of an in-house leadership development program for newly-promoted police officers.

Clunis will be sworn in at a later date.