Bathurst's police chief to retire after nearly four decades

The Bathurst Police Force will soon have a new commanding officer.

After 39 years with the city, Chief Eugene Poitras is set to retire.

Mayor Paolo Fongemie presented Poitras with a gold watch on behalf of the city at its council meeting on Tuesday, April 18th.

He'll be replaced by Deputy Police Chief Ernie Boudreau who has been with the force for 27 years.

Boudreau started with the police department as a patrol officer in 1990 and was promoted to the role of Deputy Chief in August of 2015.

He will begin his new role on Monday, May 1st.