Guelph’s Next Top Cop is going to be a distinguished and accomplished member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Gordon F. Cobey will report for duty on March 1 as the new Chief of the Guelph Police Service.
The Police Board touted the new hire on the GPS website Friday morning saying that Cobey has had a “distinguished career” and has “provided significant leadership in the area of human resource services within the RCMP. ”
“The profile of Mr. Cobey and the Board’s strategic plan are in alignment. We look forward to his tenure as our new Chief of Police,” said Police Board Chair Don Drone in a statement.
Cobey’s career in the RCMP has included promotions to Inspector and Acting Superintendent in the Criminal Intelligence Program. He was recently the Inspector and Officer in Charge of the RCMP Toronto West Detachment and the Toronto West Serious and Organized Crime Unit. He was also recently appointed as a Member of the Canadian Order of Merit of the Police Forces for “fellowship of honour based on the highest qualities of citizenship, service to Canada, to the police community and to humanity at large.”
Finally, Cobey is a Guelphite, and has long made his home here with his wife Louise and their three children.
“Mr. Cobey is well aware of the many strengths of our community. He brings a knowledge and expertise of policing at many levels and is committed to community policing as a key factor in the quality of life for Guelph citizens. He also sees the importance of building strong, inclusive and effective partnerships within our community and beyond,” said the Police Board in their statement.
You may also know Cobey from his TV appearances as an advocate for mental health. See below:
Chief Jeff DeRuyter announced his retirement last fall. He’s served as the Chief since 2015, and has been a veteran of the Guelph Police Service for 35 years.
“It is clear that the Board and the community have been recipients of quality professional leadership by Chief DeRuyter over his distinguished career with the Guelph Police Service. He is a person of integrity and commitment to this community and he will be missed,” said Drone last September.