Kelowna’s top cop declines interviews before retirement

Superintendent Bill McKinnon has just four days left until his retirement and will be too busy to give final comment to the public

  • Mar. 25, 2013 7:00 a.m.
Superintendent Bill McKinnon will retire at the end of the week.

Superintendent Bill McKinnon will retire at the end of the week.

There will not be time for a departing message to the public he served, Kelowna’s top cop has decided.

Superintendent Bill McKinnon has just four days left to serve in his position at the helm of the Okanagan’s largest RCMP detachment and is too busy to make any final comments to the media.

Kelowna RCMP spokesman Kris Clark delivered the news in the detachment’s regularly scheduled Monday debriefing—the first of such media debriefings in a couple of months.

The past year has been a difficult one for the detachment. The superintendent’s daughter was charged and convicted of trafficking drugs in a dial-a-dope operation, netting seven months in jail.

A young constable also plead guilty to assault partway through his trail in a highly publicized case in which the officer was filmed kicking a suspect who was down on all fours. The video was posted to YouTube and saw over 200, 000 hits.

Superintendent McKinnon did successfully lobby Kelowna city council for additional police officers in the past year, however, adding seven new uniformed officers to the ranks of his detachment after years of requests for more manpower.

McKinnon served the city for nine years, working alongside his wife RCMP Const. Cheryl McKinnon, who was also a well-known face in the community, primarily due to her work as a school liaison officer.

A hiring process has begun to find a replacement.

Kelowna Capital News