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Posted on: January 12, 2021

Nelson Police Board Appoints Police Chief Constable

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The Nelson Police Board is pleased to announce the appointment of the next Chief Constable of the Nelson Police Department. Superintendent Donovan Fisher of the RCMP will be sworn in at the beginning of March; his hiring follows the retirement of Chief Constable Paul Burkart.

 “Superintendent Fisher is a highly experienced and accomplished leader known for building strong relationships”, said John Dooley, Chair of the Nelson Police Board and Mayor of the City of Nelson. “The Police Board looks forward to welcoming Superintendent Fisher and working with him in this role leading and serving our community.” 

 “I am very excited and honoured to join the Nelson Police Department as their new Chief Constable and I am looking forward to working alongside the exemplary women and men of this department and to serving the citizens of Nelson,” says Superintendent Donovan Fisher. “My goal is to have a positive impact on the community of Nelson and increase overall public satisfaction by working closely with leaders and social agencies to move joint initiatives forward in a timely and effective manner. I am also looking forward to getting back to the frontline and community-oriented policing.”

Superintendent Fisher joined the RCMP in 1995 and was posted to K Division (Alberta), firstly to Wainwright Detachment, then in 2000, was transferred to Gleichen Detachment/ Siksika First Nations.

In 2004, he joined the Integrated Response to Organized Crime (IROC), a unit made up of members from the RCMP, Calgary and Edmonton Police Services.  In 2007, he returned to contract policing as a Detachment Commander in south eastern Alberta, overseeing the administration and operations there for the next 3 years.

In 2010, Superintendent Fisher transferred back to Calgary to the Financial Integrity program, then worked in the Commercial Crime Unit, and eventually became the Officer in Charge (OIC) of the International Anti-Corruption Unit (IACU).  

In June 2013, then Sgt Fisher had the privilege of representing the RCMP and Canada’s anti-corruption initiatives, as he was requested to give the opening presentation at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) conference in Paris, France.  

In November of 2014, he was commissioned and transferred to F Division (Saskatchewan) and became the OIC of the Integrated Organized Crime North unit.  This included several integrated investigative units and under cover street teams, made up of RCMP, Saskatoon and Prince Albert Police Services members.

In 2017, Inspector Fisher became the OIC of Federal Operations and National Security for F Division.  He oversaw the province’s National Security Enforcement Section, the Serious and Organized Crime units and the Integrated Boarder Enforcement Team.

In December 2018, he was promoted to the rank of Superintendent, into his current role as the District Commander for Central District Saskatchewan.  

Superintendent Fisher has been married for over 25 years and has three children.

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