Mar 21, 2013 / 5:00 pm
Superintendent Bill McKinnon will work his last shift next week, he is retiring.
McKinnon, who informed his detachment and the City of Kelowna of his intertion to retire Wednesday, will officially hang up his badge and gun next Thursday.
McKinnon took over the role as Superintendent in May 2004 after Don Harrison accepted a promotion.
At the time McKinnon said, "The number one problem is our drug problem and that includes organized crime."
The last couple of years have not been easy for McKinnon.
McKinnon took a lot of heat In January of 2011 after a focus was put on the Kelowna RCMP when Geoff Mantler was video taped by Castanet kicking Buddy Tavares in the face.
McKinnon has also had his share of successes.
In 2008 Kelowna's top cop became a leader for the RCMP in BC.
In 2009 McKinnon was the president of the BC Association of Chiefs of Police. He lead the charge for a civilian-led unit that would investigate police-related situations. The association unanimously passed the resolution for the creation of the new unit.
Also in 2009 McKinnon recognized the need for a ban on cell phones and other mobile devices by motorists and worked with others to make it a law.
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