Wednesday, June 10

Tuesday, 10 June 1919 - The Chief goes, too

Chief Donald MacPherson, a 15-year veteran of the Winnipeg Police Department and chief since 1911, is ordered to take a three month administrative leave to allow for a new acting chief to 'reorganize'. MacPherson refuses and, as with the rest of his force, is dismissed.

Chief Constable Donald MacPherson

The official statement from the Police Commission:

The new acting chief Chris H. Newton is a 20-year member of the force and was deputy chief under MacPherson. According to a Winnipeg Free Press story he had been offered the position of chief in 1911 but declined, making way for MacPherson.

Chief Constable Chris H Newton

For more on the Winnipeg Police during the Strike.

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