Saugeen Shores' Police Chief - the man behind the uniform

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Saugeen Shores Chief of Police, Dan Rivett, was recently the Reviewing Officer at the 32nd annual Air Cadets review for good reason.

Police Chief Dan Rivett at the recent Air Cadet Review

Rivett's grandfather, James Rivett, joined the British military at age 16 and was wounded in 1914 in WWI and then immigrated to Canada where he joined the Canadian Forces.  During WWI, as a Warrant Officer, he was a Firearms Instructor.

Grandson, Dan Rivett, began his career as a commercial diver who worked on the gas rigs in Lake Erie. 

In 1981, he and high-school sweetheart, Glenna, were married, and a year later he began policing in Guelph.  In 1985, their son Tom was born followed by daughter Allison two years later.

Glenna Rivett

In 1988, the family purchased the Somerset Inn motel and cottages on Paudash Lake south of Bancroft and it was there that Rivett became involved in municipal politics.  He became President of the Chamber of Commerce and Deputy Reeve of Cardiff Township.

The family moved to Port Elgin in 1997 where Rivett began as a Constable on the local police force and was then promoted to Sergeant in 2002, then Inspector in 2004 and finally as Chief in 2006.

Glenna Rivett is a Pharmacy Technician in Port Elgin, while daughter Allison is a Registered Practical Nurse in a nursing home in Warkworth, Ontario.


Son, Tom Rivett, who was a cadet with the 340 Squadron, completed his education at Royal Military College (RMC) and today is a Captain in the Canadian Armed Forces and currently serving in Afghanistan.

Rivett has held several positions including Victim Services, M.A.D.D. and St. John's Ambulance.

Today,  he sits on the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police Board of Directors in addition to several committees for the Chiefs' Association.

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