Vancouver has a new top cop. Today (April 16) the Vancouver police board named Adam Palmer as the department’s new chief.
Mayor Gregor Robertson broke the news on Twitter. “Very pleased to announce that Adam Palmer is our new Chief Constable,” he wrote.
The appointment follows outgoing chief Jim Chu having announced his retirement last January.
Chu praised Palmer’s appointment in a VPD media release.
“I am very pleased that we were able to choose a new chief internally and grateful to the eight members of the police board for their careful deliberations,” Chu said. “I will work with the new chief with the goal of making the transition as smooth and soon as possible.”
Palmer is a 28-year-veteran of the force who was widely perceived as a top contender for the job.
A VPD biography emphasizes his deep roots in Vancouver and his connections to the city’s East Side.
“Deputy Chief Adam Palmer was born and raised in the Vancouver area,” it reads. “Deputy Palmer began his career with the VPD in 1987 and since that time has worked in a variety of operational, investigative and administrative areas. He spent the first 13 years of his career working as a patrol officer in East Vancouver.”
Palmer moves up from the position of deputy chief, a role that saw him responsible for administrative duties including support services, professional standards, human resources, training, and recruitment, among others.
Before taking that on role in 2010, Palmer was an inspector who oversaw policing in Patrol District 2, an area which includes the Downtown Eastside, Chinatown, Gastown, Strathcona, Grandview-Woodlands, and Hastings-Sunrise.
Earlier in his career, as a sergeant, Palmer was involved in VPD long-term planning and development. He worked on the department’s strategic plan and oversaw an operational review that included the addition of 194 officers and 95 civilian staff positions to the force.
Prior to joining the VPD, Palmer studied business administration at Simon Fraser University and also worked for B.C. Corrections.
The media release notes the choice for police chief came down to two people. It describes Deputy Chief Constable Doug LePard as another “outstanding internal candidate”. It adds LePard decided to “support the selection of his colleague”.
The VPD has yet to set a date for Palmer’s formal assumption of duties as chief. The media release states one will be announced shortly.
A press conference in which Palmer is expected to participate is scheduled for tomorrow (April 17).