A long-time Saanich police officer has been named the department’s next chief constable.
Deputy Chief Scott Green will take over on Aug. 1 from Chief Robert Downie, who will be retiring after serving with the Saanich Police Department for 37 years.
Green has been a Saanich police officer for 31 years. He began his career after completing a bachelor of arts at the University of Victoria. He became deputy chief in 2014 and was invested by the Governor General of Canada as a member into the Order of Merit of Police Forces in 2018. Green also has master’s degree in public administration and a master’s certificate in project management from UVic.
“I’m honoured to be promoted to the rank of chief constable and look forward to continuing to serve Saanich in this new role,” Green said.
Saanich Police Board Chair, Mayor Fred Haynes, said that he was impressed with the selection process.
“We know that the promotion of Scott Green will be met with enthusiasm by the women and men who serve in the Saanich Police Department as well as by a wide spectrum of stakeholders across the community,” said Haynes said.
Acting Deputy Chief Gary Schenk will become deputy chief on Aug. 1.