New Glasgow police chief retires, new chief appointed

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Stephen Chisholm, new chief of the New Glasgow Regional Police Department

There will be a change of command with the New Glasgow Regional Police Department.

After 44 years with the New Glasgow force, Chief Eric MacNeil has announced his retirement. 

MacNeil served in the role of chief for the last three years and served the previous 10 years as deputy chief.  “We wish Eric and his family all of the best for his well-deserved retirement,” said Mayor Nancy Dicks who also serves as the New Glasgow Regional Police Board chairperson. 

Stephen Chisholm, who currently serves as the department’s deputy chief, will take on the new role as chief on April 1st

Dicks lauded his leadership and said, “We have great confidence in his ability to lead the New Glasgow Regional Police.” 

Chisholm is originally from Pictou County and he started his policing career in the Town of Westville in June of 1984 where he served as a general patrol officer until he left in June of 1986, when he became a member of the New Glasgow Police. From 1986 to 2006, Chisholm worked as a general patrol officer and during that time was promoted to the rank of corporal, and later to the rank of sergeant.  In 1995, he received a commendation from the Governor General for his work in saving a life.  In 2006, he was transferred to the Major Crimes Unit as the officer in charge where he remained until his promotion to deputy chief in September of 2018.

An internal competition will be forthcoming for the position of deputy chief.


Eric MacNeil, retiring New Glasgow police chief