William J. McCormack

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William J. McCormack
Chief of the Metropolitan Toronto Police
In office
Preceded by Jack Marks
Succeeded by David Boothby
Personal details
Born (1933-02-21)February 21, 1933
Died September 8, 2016(2016-09-08) (aged 83)
Nationality British
Relations William McCormack Sr - father
Margaret Moylan - mother
Alma mater Mill Meece Police Training School
Atlantic College, Dublin
Occupation police officer
Profession marine radio officer, colonial police officer

William Joseph McCormack (February 21, 1933 – September 8, 2016) was Chief of Police of the Metro Toronto Police from 1989 to 1995. He succeeded Jack Marks. Earlier in his life McCormack was a marine radio operator and British colonial police officer before coming to Canada in the late 1950s.

Life and career[edit]

McCormack was born in Beau-Bassin, Mauritius, then went on to graduate from Atlantic College in Dublin in 1951.[1] McCormack went to sea and as a civilian employee of the Marconi International Marine Communication Limited aboard British Merchant Navy ships where he served as a radio officer on several ships.[1]

He is the son of British Colonial Police colonel William McCormack who was decorated with an MBE by the King for his work with prison reform and children's polio.[1]

The younger McCormack served as a Constable in Bermuda Police Force from 1955 to 1959[1] before coming to Canada and joining the Metropolitan Toronto Police.

Before becoming chief of police, he spent a number of years as a homicide detective in Toronto. Following his retirement, he detailed his experiences and some of his notable cases in a co-authored book.[2]

He had five children, four of whom later became police officers. Michael is the current president of the Toronto Police Association,[3] Kathy is an OPP sergeant, and Jamie is a Toronto police detective. A son also named William resigned from his post as a plainclothes Toronto police officer in 2009 following an internal misconduct investigation;[4] criminal charges for soliciting and accepting bribes in that regard were subsequently stayed for 6 years of excessive delays by Crown prosecution, with the judge laying blame on the lead police investigator.[5][6]

In 2007, he joined other former Toronto chiefs, including David Boothby, Jack Marks and Julian Fantino at a 50th anniversary celebration of the Toronto Police Service at the headquarters building.[7][8] McCormack died on September 8, 2016 at the age of 83.[9][10]


Bill McCormack was the first Catholic to become Chief of the Metropolitan Toronto Police.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c d "William J. "Bill" McCormack". Bermuda Ex Police Association. Archived from the original on 13 November 2015. 
  2. ^ McCormack, William (2005). Life on Homicide: A Police Detective's Memoir. Bob Cooper. White Knight Publications. ISBN 978-0-9734186-0-6. 
  3. ^ "Toronto Police Association - Board of Directors". Archived from the original on 15 April 2014. Retrieved 13 October 2010. 
  4. ^ "Corruption probe: The cops". Toronto Star. 8 December 2009. Archived from the original on 21 July 2013. Retrieved 13 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "Charges against police officers stayed". Toronto Star. 7 December 2009. Archived from the original on 13 May 2015. Retrieved 13 November 2015. 
  6. ^ "Wiretaps in Toronto police corruption case released". CBC News. 8 December 2009. Archived from the original on 13 November 2015. Retrieved 13 November 2015. 
  7. ^ Toronto Police Service (27 February 2009). "Toronto Police Service - Inside the TPS". Retrieved 13 October 2010. 
  8. ^ Toronto Police Service (16 January 2007). "Toronto Police Service - History comes alive at police headquarters". Archived from the original on 11 June 2011. Retrieved 13 October 2010. 
  9. ^ http://www.cp24.com/news/former-metro-toronto-police-chief-bill-mccormack-has-died-1.3063945
  10. ^ http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=William-McCormack&lc=3152&pid=181340407&mid=7079723

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