VIDEO: Windsor Has A New Police Chief
Windsor officially has its first female police chief.
At St. Gabriel's Catholic School in south Windsor on Friday, Windsor Mayor and police board chair Drew Dilkens announced that acting chief Pam Mizuno has been named the permanent chief.
She is the first woman to hold the position in the city's 152-year history.
The announcement was made during an assembly at the catholic school where Mizuno's two daughters attend.
It was a surprise announcement for Mizuno, who was told she was attending the school for a child abuse prevention month assembly, but she became suspicious when she spotted the AM800 vehicle in the parking lot and then saw Mayor Dilkens in the school gymnasium.
Chief Mizuno says it was a pleasant surprise.
"It was wonderful and it was wonderful to have my daughters included and I'm sure they were also very excited and they told me they didn't know until 15 minutes before, which is probably a good thing, because I'm not sure they would have been able to keep that secret," says Mizuno.
When she first became a police officer 25 years ago, Mizuno says she never imagined she would become chief.
"I really enjoyed being a patrol officer, that's truly when I was hired, you want to serve the community, you want to help the community, it is about service to the community and it is truly what I enjoy in my role now, I'm still serving the community, but just in a different manner," says Mizuno.
The Windsor Police Services Board unanimously voted to make Mizuno the city's new chief.
Mayor Dilkens says the decision couldn't be made prior to this because the board didn't have enough members to make the decision given a vacant position on the board and Amhersburg Mayor Aldo DiCarlo was sick.