Premier Danny Williams announced this morning that Robert Johnston has been appointed Chief of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.
Johnston is currently deputy chief and will take over as police chief May 1.
Johnston will replace Chief Joe Browne who will retire from the RNC at the end of this month.
"Robert Johnston has had an impressive career with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary having served the people of our province for 30 years," Williams said. "Mr. Johnston has played a significant role in the recent revival of the force and I am confident his extensive experience will ensure the RNC continues on its current path which has made it a leader in policing in North America."
Johnston is a 30-year veteran of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary and has worked in the areas of criminal investigations, crisis negotiations, VIP security and tactical response and served most recently as Deputy Chief of Police responsible for the Criminal Operations Division.
Johnston has completed numerous courses in the areas of criminal investigation at the Canadian Police College in Ottawa. He is also a graduate from the Executive Development Course at the Centre for Management Development at Memorial University of Newfoundland and is a member of both the executive board for the John Howard Society and the board of directors for the Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador.