After an extensive nationwide search, Mayor Crystal Meloche, Chair, on behalf of the LaSalle Police Services Board, is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Pearce as LaSalle’s next Chief of Police, effective July 29, 2024.

“Chief Designate Pearce impressed the selection committee with his vision for enhancing public safety, strengthening community relations, and implementing strategies to address the evolving challenges facing law enforcement today. As Mayor, I am confident that Chief Designate Pearce will continue to uphold our Town’s values of integrity, accountability, and transparency within the Police Department, and I look forward to working closely with him to ensure the safety and well-being of all residents of the Town of LaSalle,” said Mayor Meloche.

Chief Designate Pearce arrives with more than two decades of policing experience proudly serving with the Chatham-Kent Police Service and previously the York Regional Police. He currently serves as the Inspector in charge of the Community Patrol Branch. Throughout his career, he has worked in patrol, community-oriented response unit, drugs and vice, media relations, traffic unit, professional standards, training and career development, and recruiting.

His education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies from York University, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Western University, and certificates in Leadership, Human Resources Management, Risk Management, and Municipal Accounting and Finance. He is a graduate of the Police Leadership Program from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, holds a Certified Human Resources Professional designation, and is a member of the Human Resources Professional Association.

“It is with profound appreciation and humility that I join the LaSalle Police Service. I am thrilled to work with an impressive team of professionals. Together, we will advance member development and wellness, community inclusion, and technological innovation. I wish to extend my gratitude to the LaSalle Police Services Board for placing their trust in me,” said Chief Designate Pearce.

Chief Designate Pearce replaces Chief Duncan Davies, who is retiring later this year. A Change of Command Ceremony will be held at a later date, with more details coming.

The LaSalle Police Services Board is honoured to welcome Michael Pearce as LaSalle’s new Chief of Police.