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Big send-off planned for retiring police chief

By Rick Pusiak Sudbury?s retiring police chief will be treated to some good-natured roasting in a couple of weeks. A dinner celebrating Alex McCauley?s 33-year police career is set for June 8 at the Ramada Inn in downtown Sudbury.
By Rick Pusiak

Sudbury?s retiring police chief will be treated to some good-natured roasting in a couple of weeks.

A dinner celebrating Alex McCauley?s 33-year police career is set for June 8 at the Ramada Inn in downtown Sudbury.

McCauley gave notice earlier this year he plans to retire in September but that date may be moved up depending on things such as holiday time.

His successor could be named before the end of the month.

The chief?s last hoorah is set to start at 6 pm with cocktails followed by a dinner, guest speakers and a dance.

Deputy chief Jim Cunningham said his boss likes a good party and the evening will be reflective of that.

?So it?s not a whole evening of speeches and ?at a boys? and stuff like that,? said Cunningham.
McCauley has a long history of service to community and proceeds from the evening will be donated to the Sudbury Regional Heart and Soul Campaign.

Cunningham said the chief is known for his compassion and showing special interest in people?s troubles.

He has also worked hard to ensure Sudbury?s police department is well trained, equipped and forward thinking.

McCauley was instrumental in moving the department from two cramped buildings in the downtown core to much larger quarters in the west tower at Tom Davies Square.

He also lobbied hard for an expanded and enhanced communication system for his officers and 24-hour policing in the former regional municipality.

McCauley?s dedication is well known at police stations throughout the country, and at the Canadian and Ontario Associations of Chief of Police where he has served as an executive member.

?If Sudbury is recognized for nickel, it?s also recognized for its police chief,? said Cunningham.

Police services board chair Andy Humber said he constantly hears nothing but good things about McCauley at national and Ontario police conferences.

He recalled that at a meeting a couple of years ago Ontario?s solicitor general public singled out the Sudbury police department as an example other departments can aspire to. ?His honesty has been unbelievable,? said Humber.

?From a board point of view we never have any concern there?s information we?re not aware of. He keeps us well informed.?

Individual tickets for the evening are $75 and are all inclusive. They can be obtained by sending a fax request to 674-7090 or by sending an e-mail to lillian.howard@police.sudbury.on.ca.