On the 26th of September 2014 Deputy Chief Bob Kates retired after 40 years of policing including 20 years as the Deputy Chief of the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service.
On Monday the 29th of September 2014 Inspector Art Pluss was appointed as the Interim Deputy Chief of Police.
The Sault Ste. Marie Police Services Board has advertised the permanent position for a Deputy Chief of Police both internally and externally. Candidates have until October 31st to submit their expression of interest to the Board. The selection process is expected to take some time and the Police Services Board hopes to have the permanent Deputy Chief assume the role in January 2015.
Interim Deputy Chief Pluss joined the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service in January of 1990 after spending 13 years with the Toronto Police Service. He progressed through the ranks and in December of 2001 was promoted to the rank of Inspector. As an Inspector, he has overseen Investigation Services, Support Services, Administration Services, Patrol Services, and most recently the Community Mobilization Initiatives undertaken by the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service.
Chief Robert Keetch indicates that Interim Deputy Chief Pluss “is a respected member of the Police Service and well known within the local community. Art and I share similar philosophies on the role of police and the value of working collaboratively with community partners and local residents. I look forward to working with Deputy Chief Pluss and all members of the Police Service while the Police Services Board undertakes its process of selecting a permanent Deputy Chief.”