A community celebration is being planned for retiring Deputy Chief Chuck Mercier in November.
The event will take place on November 26th at Deer Creek Golf and Banquet Facility in Ajax and attendees will applaud the lifetime achievements, not only with Durham Regional Police, but in the community and province.
Chuck graduated from Loyalist College in Belleville in 1974 with a diploma in Law and Security Management and later attended the Ontario Police College for recruit training. He joined the DRPS in 1977 and progressed through the ranks from General Assignment to Major Crime and the Sexual Assault and Homicide Units. He was recognized as Durham’s Police Officer of the Year in 1982.
In 1997, he was promoted to the rank of Inspector and was assigned the task of Community Office Leader in North Durham. In 2000, he was promoted to the rank of Superintendent responsible for Crime Management and in 2001 was promoted to Deputy Chief of Police.
Chuck completed the Police Leadership Program at Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. He is a Vice President of the Ontario Associations of Chiefs of Police as well as an active member of the Canadian and International Associations of Chiefs of Police.
In May 2008, he was made a Member of the Order of Merit of Police Forces by Governor General Michaelle Jean at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.
Among his many community accomplishments was bringing the Special Olympics Ontario Spring Games to Durham Region for the first time last May. Approximately 700 athletes, 850 volunteers, 600 family members and scores of dedicated coaches came to Durham Region to make it a memorable event. Volunteers produced and distributed about 4,000 boxed lunches and provided more than 20,000 hours of work to make it all happen. Approximately 1,900 medals were awarded throughout the Games.
He also served as Chair of the Easter Seal Golf Week for Timmy/Tammy for five years.
For more information about purchasing tickets for this event, please view the attached document.
mercier thumb (JPG file, 37.9K bytes)
Deputy Chief's Retirement Poster (PDF file, 195.0K bytes)