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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Last Day For Police Chief Dan Rivett

Saugeen Shores | by John Divinski  

Chief says he's looking forward to retirement and yet, he's apprehensive about it as well.

Saugeen Shores Police Chief Dan Rivett is down to his last day of service to the municipality.

At the end of the day today, Thursday, November 30th, Rivett will retire, ending 27 years in police work, with 20 of those years in Saugeen Shores and the last 11 years as Police Chief.

Rivett says it has been an emotional roller coaster the past few weeks.

He says he's looking forward to retirement and yet, he's apprehensive about it as well.

After retirement, Rivett is moving to just outside Smiths Falls in Eastern Ontario, so that he and his wife, Glenna, can be closer to their families and grandchildren.

Rivett says the municipality is getting a good replacement in former Stratford Police Chief Mike Bellai who will be sworn into his position, Friday, December 1st.

Rivett says the only piece of advice he has for the new chief is to "get to know as many groups of you can."

The outgoing chief says the beauty is that Saugeen Shores is a welcoming community and he doesn't believe the incoming chief will have any issues being part of the town.

One thing Rivett is confident of is that he's leaving Chief Bellai a top notch staff that has proven time and again, they can handle any type of investigation in the municipality and do so with successful results.

Rivett says although he's worked hard for years trying to get a new police building, he won't be here to see the finished product.

He says that won't bother him because he knows the wheels are in motion to have the facility built by sometime in 2019.

Looking ahead to December 1st, the 58-year-old Rivett's first retirement day, he says, he's going to be sitting on the dock at his new home.

He says it has ice on it right now, but he's "going to sit on it, even if I have to be in my snowmobile suit."

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