Nova Scotia

Cape Breton Region gets new police chief

Cape Breton Regional Police deputy chief Peter MacIsaac has been appointed the new chief of police.

Cape Breton Regional Police deputy chief Peter McIsaac has been appointed the new chief of police.

The appointment follows the sudden death in April of Myles Burke. He died as the result of natural causes while attending meetings in Halifax last month.

Cape Breton regional council voted to accept a recommendation from the chief administrative officer to appoint McIsaac.

Police commission chairman Tom Wilson said the appointment of a new chief is very important to the municipality.

"First off, we had Myles Burke who was quite an asset to this community. He was moving the police department in a direction that we all favoured," Wilson said Wednesday.

"He handpicked Peter McIsaac as his deputy chief. Obviously, he did that for the right reasons and Peter is on the same page as Myles. So Peter will pick up where Myles left off and he'll be a great asset."

McIsaac had served as deputy chief since 2008.

Wilson said the position will be advertised in accordance with the requirements of the provincial Police Act and the municipality's recruitment policy.

now