William J. McCormack
|William J. McCormack|
|Chief of the Metropolitan Toronto Police|
|Preceded by||Jack Marks|
|Succeeded by||David Boothby|
February 21, 1933|
|Died||September 8, 2016(aged 83)|
|Relations||William McCormack Sr - father
Margaret Moylan - mother
|Alma mater||Mill Meece Police Training School
Atlantic College, Dublin
|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
McCormack was born in Beau-Bassin, Mauritius, then went on to graduate from Atlantic College in Dublin in 1951. 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.
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.
He had five children, four of whom later became police officers. Michael is the current president of the Toronto Police Association, 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; 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.
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. McCormack died on September 8, 2016 at the age of 83.
- Police Exemplary Service Medal (1983)
- Bar to the Police Exemplary Service Medal (1989)
- Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002)
- Queen Elizabeth 11 Diamond Jubilee medal (2013)
Bill McCormack was the first Catholic to become Chief of the Metropolitan Toronto Police.
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