Chief Robert Johnston of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary announced this afternoon that he is planning to soon retire from the provincial police service.
Johnston, who grew up in Mount Pearl, said his decision was made with mixed emotions in light of the relationships he's made over the last 35 years.
But he ultimately felt the time was right to move on from policing and that it was time for a new chief to lead the RNC.
He had several goals in mind when he became chief and said they have now been met. The redeveloped RNC headquarters was among those items he wanted to conclude prior to retiring.
Johnston became the police force’s 20th chief in May 2010, succeeding former chief Joe Browne. He joined the RNC in 1979 and worked in the areas of criminal investigations, criminal intelligence, crisis negotiations, VIP security and tactical response.
Just before he became chief, Johnston served as the deputy chief of police and was responsible for the criminal operations division.
Among his more prominent cases, Johnston led the second investigation into the murder of Catherine Carroll — the first investigation resulted in the wrongful conviction in 1994 of her son, Gregory Parsons. Johnston’s investigation resulted in the arrest and conviction of Brian Joseph Doyle for Carroll’s murder.
News of Johnston’s retirement comes one day after the official opening of the redeveloped RNC headquarters in St. John’s, a $42-million initiative.
RNC chief to announce retirement
Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Chief Robert Johnston is expected to announce his retirement this afternoon.
A media briefing has been scheduled for 3 p.m. at RNC headquarters in St. John's.
Johnston was appointed chief of the force by former premier Danny Williams in 2010.
Click HERE to read a Telegram story about his appointment.