Brown recommended as Fredericton’s new Police Chief

A new police chief has been chosen for Fredericton.

Roger L. Brown is the former Commanding Officer and Assistant Commissioner with RCMP “J” Division and will take over June 11th.

That's the the day after current Fredericton Police Chief Leanne Fitch retires following more than three decades of policing.

City council made the announcement of Brown's appointment Monday night.

Mayor Mike O'Brien says he's confident Brown is brings the right combination of skills and experience to the city, and is looking forward to working with him.

Brown has 36 years of policing experience with the Mounties across the country.

During his time as Commanding Officer, he led the division during the fatal shootings of three Mounties in Moncton, shale gas demonstrations, and high profile mental health issues.

He's also recently spoken about the mental health issues facing first responders and the shift in leadership required to address the matter.

Brown says he's looking forward to working alongside the employees of the Fredericton Police Force, the city and citizens.