CORNWALL — Cornwall has a new incoming police chief. With over 26 years on the Cornwall Police Service (CPS), Shawna Spowart will be the first woman to serve as its chief when she assumes the position Oct. 29 — a fact celebrated by the chair of Cornwall’s Police Services Board.
Spowart “has demonstrated strong leadership skills through her many years of service with the CPS and partnering agencies,” said Glen Grant, June 3. “Her modern approach to policing will assist the Service to evolve with the changing needs of the community and we look forward to seeing her many accomplishments as Chief.”
She’s currently deputy chief, latest in a line of executive level roles held by the veteran officer. A recipient of various policing awards through the years, Spowart is also touted as being “influential in the transformation of the CPS into one that understands, values and prioritizes equity, diversity and inclusivity,” according to a press release issued by the city.
Beyond policing, she also serves on the boards of the Cornwall Community Hospital and Children’s Aid Society of SDG.
“I know she will do a fantastic job in her new leadership role,” said local MP Eric Duncan in a Facebook post. “This promotion is certainly well deserved, and I look forward to working with you this fall Shawna!”