“I wish to congratulate Marianne Ryan…


“I wish to congratulate Marianne Ryan on her appointment as the Commanding Officer for the RCMP in Alberta, and look forward to continuing the excellent working relationship with the RCMP in support of safe communities. I also thank retiring Deputy Commissioner Dale McGowan for his dedication, service and commitment to our province and Albertans.”

– Jonathan Denis, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General, on the announcement of Assistant Commissioner Marianne Ryan’s appointment as the new Commanding Officer for RCMP “K” Division


RCMP News Release:  Assistant Commissioner Marianne Ryan appointed new Commanding Officer of “K” Division

For immediate release                                                           November 8, 2013

Marianne RYAN

A picture of A/Commr. Ryan taken recently in her office at “K” Division Headquarters in Edmonton

Edmonton, AB – Today, RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson announced that Assistant Commissioner Marianne Ryan has been appointed the new Commanding Officer for “K” Division RCMP. The appointment takes effect immediately and comes after the recent retirement of Deputy Commissioner Dale McGowan.

“I am pleased to appoint a leader with experience and credibility,” said RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson. “Marianne has won the respect of her staff and many partners by focusing on results.”

As Commanding Officer of K Division, A/Commr. Ryan assumes the responsibility of leading Alberta’s Provincial Police Service. There are 112 RCMP detachments in Alberta and more that 1.5 million Albertans live in the Division jurisdictions. She will assume the rank of Deputy Commissioner and will become a member of the Commissioner’s Senior Executive Committee.

“I wish to congratulate Marianne Ryan on her appointment as the Commanding Officer for the RCMP in Alberta, and look forward to continuing the excellent working relationship with the RCMP in support of safe communities,” said Jonathan Denis, Alberta Minister of Justice and Solicitor General. “I also thank retiring Deputy Commissioner Dale McGowan for his dedication, service and commitment to our province and Albertans.”

Marianne grew up on a farm near London, Ontario, and joined the RCMP in 1982 after receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario. Her RCMP career spans 31 years and, since January 2011, she has served as the Officer-in-Charge of Criminal Operations in Alberta. She has extensive operational police experience at the local, national and international levels, including leadership roles in major investigations targeting organized crime.  A/Commr. Ryan also brings considerable administrative experience to the role of Commanding Officer of the more than 4,000 RCMP employees working in communities throughout Alberta.

“I feel extremely honoured and privileged to serve as the Commanding Officer of the RCMP for this great province, which I now call home,” said A/Commr.  Ryan. “I am especially humbled to be appointed to lead such a dedicated team of employees who do extraordinary work every day to ensure public safety in the communities we serve.”

In May 2013, A/Commr. Ryan was appointed a Member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces by the Governor General of Canada, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston. Established in October 2000, the Order of Merit honours the leadership and exceptional service demonstrated by the men and women of police agencies in Canada.

The date of the formal Change of Command Ceremony to mark today’s appointment has yet to be determined.

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Contact: Media Relations Officer Sgt. Josée Valiquette 780-412-5260

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