The Owen Sound Police Service has named its new chief of police.
Owen Sound Police Services Board chair Garth Pierce says Inspector Craig Ambrose, a 29-year veteran with the Waterloo Regional Police Service, has been hired to fill the role being vacated by the retiring Bill Sornberger.
"Inspector Ambrose was the board's unanimous choice and he comes very highly recommended," says Pierce. "We're all looking forward to his arrival."
Ambrose is set to start the new position on Jan. 21, 2019.
Sornberger's final day on the job is next Monday.
The outgoing police chief took to Twitter to offer his congratulations to Insp. Ambrose on being chosen as the Scenic City's new top cop.
"Craig brings a wealth of experience and is a tried and true police leader," Sornberger writes. "I wish him every success. A great choice to lead this organization."
Pierce says Insp. Ambrose already has ties to Owen Sound as he has family living in the city.
"He has a number of friendships up here in the area," Pierce says. "Both he and his wife are looking forward to joining the community."
Jeff Fluney has been named Owen Sound Police Acting Chief for the period prior to Ambrose's arrival, Pierce notes.
He adds the board contracted executive search firm Odgers Berndston to assist in the hiring.
A number of candidates were interviewed for the position and Pierce says the board was unanimous in selecting Insp. Ambrose as the next leader of the Owen Sound Police Service.