Scott Feener has been named Bridgewater's top cop, replacing former police chief John Collyer. Danny MacPhee will become deputy police chief. Both appointments are effective October 3, according to the Town of Bridgewater.
Feener had already been acting police chief following the suspension of Collyer as the latter awaits trial in July 2019 following his indictment on sex charges.
Collyer is charged with two counts of sexual exploitation and one count of sexual assault. The allegation that he touched a young girl with his hand for a sexual purpose and the charge of sexual assault in relation to the same complainant are alleged to have occurred between May and July of 2016. The charge that he invited the same young person to touch him for a sexual purpose is alleged to have occurred between April and July 2016.
Collyer was placed on administrative leave in August 2016 after it went public that the Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT), the province's independent police oversight agency, was investigating his actions in relation to a female teen. He was suspended in May 2017 when word came that SIRT laid charges.
Feener is a graduate of the Ontario Police College and he began his policing career almost 30 years ago with the Metropolitan Toronto Police Service, in 1989, where he worked patrol. He joined Bridgewater Police Service in June of 1993, was promoted to deputy chief in December 2011, and then appointed as the acting chief of police in August 2016.
MacPhee is a graduate of the Atlantic Police Academy and has 18 years of policing experience as a member of Bridgewater Police Service. He was named acting deputy chief in April of 2018.
The Feener and MacPhee will be officially sworn in on Thursday, October 4, at a public ceremony at 6
p.m. to be held at Town Hall. A reception will follow