David Boothby

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David Boothby
Chief of the Metropolitan Toronto Police Service
In office
Preceded by William J. McCormack
Succeeded by Position Abolished
Chief of the Toronto Police Service
In office
Preceded by Position Created
Succeeded by Julian Fantino
Personal details
Born 1944
Keswick, Ontario
Nationality Canadian
Residence Toronto

David Boothby (born 1944) was last Chief of Police of the Metro Toronto Police 1995-1997, and first Chief of the Toronto Police Service, from 1998 to 2000.

Boothby was born in Keswick, Ontario. He joined the then Metro Toronto Police in 1964 as a beat officer and became a homicide detective in 1978.

Boothby's rise to the chief's post was seen as a change from the style of William J. McCormack, but he had a difficult time with the Toronto Police union president Craig Bromell. His management style was seen by some as soft and contributed to his departure from the force.

He was succeeded by Julian Fantino.

Since 2000, Boothby has been involved in various charities and local associations:

  • member of the Canadian National Sportsmen's Shows Board of Directors
  • Consultant, Giesecke & Devrient Card Security
  • Task Force Member for the Ministry of Public Safety and Security Task Force on Reform and Correctional Services
  • Chair of Jake's House for Children with Autism Board of Directors
  • President of the West Side Pine Lake Cottagers Association