Niagara Parks Commission fires police chief McMullen

The parks commission's acting CEO David Adames says Mark McMullen was told he was being fired Monday, but did not explain the reason for his dismissal.

Mark McMullen came to the service as a decorated officer with 30 years of experience

Niagara Parks Police chief Mark McMullen has been fired by the parks commission. (Niagara Parks Police/Facebook)

The Niagara Parks Commission has fired Niagara Parks Police chief Mark McMullen.

A statement released on behalf of the parks commission's acting CEO David Adames says the veteran officer was told he was being let go Monday, but did not include a reason for his dismissal.

"We would like to thank Mark for his contributions to the organization during his time as Chief and we wish him all the best," it read.

The parks commission refused requests to interview Adames about McMullen's firing.

"Niagara Parks will not be providing any further comments or statements on this, at this time," wrote spokesperson Tony Baldinelli in an email.

St. Catharines regional councillor and parks commission chair Sandie Bellows also did not respond to a request for comment.

Chief was a decorated, experienced officer

McMullen served as chief for less than two years.

A press release on the commission's website announced his hiring on May 24, 2017 and described him as "having provided over 30-years of dedicated and distinguished policing and community service to the residents of the Niagara Region and its visitors, most recently as Niagara Regional Police Superintendent."

It also notes the decorated officer was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for "outstanding commitment to public and community service," along with the Police Exemplary Service Medal.

The parks commission is planning to launch a recruitment process for a new chief in the near future, according to Adames.

In the meantime, Niagara Parks Police Inspector Paul Forcier has been appointed acting chief of police for the force of around 50 officers and staff.

"Formed in 1887, the Niagara Parks Police is one this Province's oldest police services," wrote Adames. "We are extremely proud of this fact and of the continued excellent work our officers provide to both the local and tourism communities here in Niagara."

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