Inspector Todd Pittman can now remove the interim label.
The Southern Georgian Bay OPP officer has been formally confirmed by OPP Commissioner Thomas Carrique as the new detachment commander after serving in an interim capacity since May.
"Todd is a forward-thinking leader. He is motivated to learn and apply innovative problem solving and is constantly looking to create efficiencies through a modern lens, often through technology,” Carrique said in a statement.
Pittman took over the commander's post from Joseph Evans, who was officially appointed to the role in the summer of 2021. Evans also served as interim commander for some time before officially taking on the top role.
Pittman began his career with the OPP at the South Bruce (Walkerton) detachment in 2002. During his career, he served with the West Region Emergency Response Team (ERT), and as the provincial ERT training coordinator, canine unit coordinator and as manager of the Emergency Management unit.
Pittman and his family reside, work, and enjoy all that the Georgian Bay area has to offer in the communities serviced by the detachment. In a very short time, he has developed the support and respect of community leaders and partners, according to a release.
"I am both humbled and grateful to be appointed to be the commander of the Southern Georgian Bay OPP detachment,” Pittman said.
“I look forward to leading a detachment with members that serve our communities with pride, professionalism and honour. I am eager to work with community leadership and stakeholders in a joint vision of community safety and well-being."
Pittman supported the province as the chief of staff for Operation Remote Immunity strategically delivering COVID-19 Vaccine to 32-remote Northern Indigenous communities, established COVID-19 vaccination clinics in the GTA and led the youth 12-17-year-old vaccination initiative, according to a release.
He is also an incident commander, chair of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Emergency Alerting Community of Practice and co-chair of the Ontario Amber Alert steering committee.
Pittman holds a Police Foundations diploma from Confederation College in Thunder Bay. He is the recipient of the Ontario Amethyst Award for team achievement, a Commissioner’s Citation for Bravery and a Commissioner’s Commendation for Outstanding Investigation.