Naylor is Amherst’s new police chief

Darrell Cole
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Replaces retired chief Charles Rushton

AMHERST – Amherst has a new chief of police.

Ian Naylor, who has been the acting chief late last year, was named the town’s new police chief on Thursday.

I am pleased with the confidence that council has placed in me and I’m looking forward to working with staff and our community partners to ensure the Amherst Police Department provides the policing services which meet the needs of our community,” Naylor said.

Naylor replaces Charles Rushton, who retired in October 2012 after nearly 40 years in policing. He was hired following a nationwide competition.

A native of Amherst, Naylor previously served in the RCMP in a number of communities over a 10-year period before joining the Amherst department in 1988. He rose through the ranks from constable to sergeant, culminating in his appointment as deputy chief in 1998.

Naylor has served on numerous community boards and sports organizations. He is currently the chairman of the Amherst Bridge Adult Service Centre and has coached both little league baseball and minor hockey.

He takes over a police force of 27 officers and 15 civilian staff.

“Council is delighted to have Ian on board as our chief and we’re very confident that he will provide excellent leadership to our police department as we move forward,” Mayor Robert Small said.

Naylor will be formally appointed to the position at a future special council meeting.

Scott White has been the acting deputy chief since November 2012.

Twitter: @ADNdarrell

Organizations: Amherst Police Department, RCMP, Amherst Bridge Adult Service Centre

Geographic location: Amherst

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