March 29, 2019 - The Woodstock Police Service Board, is announcing the retirement
of Chief Bill Renton, M.O.M. effective January 31, 2020.
Chair Mary Anne Silverthorn stated that, "under Chief Renton's leadership of the
Woodstock Police Service many changes have occurred. He has spear-headed renovations
to the Court House with a strong desire to improve the safety for all. A pride that
we all share from Chief Renton's leadership is the new addition to the station.
Although it seemed to take a long time to complete, the day of the Open House the
Chief clearly demonstrated his pride in the building as the community viewed the
facility. Chief Renton's desire to build better supports throughout the community
saw the Woodstock Police Service partnering in the Oxford Situation Table and MHEART
– Mental Health Engagement & Response Team to support the community's most vulnerable
people including those suffering from mental health, addictions and homelessness
issues. Chief Renton is a compassionate man who cares deeply about the people in
his service, as well as the community."
Chief Renton began his career with Woodstock Police Service (WPS) on July 1, 2010,
as Inspector of Operations, while maintaining his lead role as Major Case Manager
in the high profile investigation of the murder of 8 year old Victoria Stafford
in 2009. Over 900 officers from across the province were involved in the multi-jurisdictional
investigation, which received not only national, but also international media coverage.
Prior to joining WPS, Chief Renton had over 18 years of municipal policing experience
with the former Haldimand-Norfolk Regional Police Service followed by 12 years of
provincial policing experience with the OPP, when he retired as a Detective Inspector.
Chief Renton was the Major Case Manager for a number of other headline crimes including
the Douglas Creek Estates native occupation in Caledonia from 2006-2008.
His experience greatly assisted the recent multi-jurisdictional investigation by
Woodstock, London Police and the OPP in the long-term care home investigation of
murderous Woodstock nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer.
Throughout Chief Renton's distinguished policing career of 39 years, he has received
many accolades and achievements. On January 1, 2015, Inspector Renton was promoted
to Chief of Police. In 2012, Chief Renton was invested as a Member in the Order
of Merit for Police Services by the Governor General, the highest form of professional
recognition given to serving police officers in Canada. His career in law enforcement
earned him a Police Exemplary Service Medal (20 years) and First Bar, symbolizing
30 years of meritorious police service, as well as the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Chief Renton was a very active Member of the Ontario Homicide Investigators Association
(OHIA) from 2006 - 2015, filling numerous positions culminating in Chair through
his tenure. Because of his leadership, commitment and dedication, in 2016 Chief
Renton received the OHIA Award of Merit. This distinction is presented to those
members of the policing community who, through their dedication and service, have
made a lasting contribution to the profession of homicide investigation in the Province
of Ontario and to OHIA homicide training and education.
Chief Renton's official retirement will begin January 31, 2020. With accrued time
from his years of service, his last work day will be June 14, 2019. In addition,
this retirement notice provides the Board with ample time to engage in a search
for his successor which the Board will begin immediately seeking applicants both
internally and externally.
Chair Silverthorn wishes to express that the Board and citizens of the community
sincerely thank the Chief for his many years of dedicated service and wish him a
long, healthy and happy retirement. Chief Renton has exemplified through his extensive
career and actions, the characteristics of an effective police leader.
Members of the Woodstock Police Service Board
The Woodstock Police Services Board is the civilian body responsible for governing
the Woodstock Police Service. The Board is responsible for the provision of adequate
and effective policing in the City with a population of 41,000.
- Mary Anne Silverthorn - Provincial Appointee –Chair
- Mayor Trevor Birtch – Vice-Chair
- Councillor Deb Tait – Member
- Balwant Rai – Council Appointee -Member
- Ken Whiteford – Provincial Appointee - Member