Ontario's first female Sergeant-at-Arms retires

Toronto, December 8, 2022 – Sergeant-at-Arms Jackie Gordon paraded through the halls of Ontario’s Legislative Building for the last time today. “I knew the job would be challenging and demanding, but it has been a rewarding one,” she stated, “I’m proud of the efforts our staff made to enhance safety and security at the Legislature with improvements that included modernizing the physical security of the precinct and updating the operations of the Legislative Protective Service.”

Gordon was hired in 2017, becoming the first woman in Ontario history to hold the job. As the Sergeant-at-Arms and Executive Director of Precinct Properties, her role included ceremonial protocol at the Legislature, coordinating security through the direction of the Legislative Protective Service, and overseeing the historic preservation of the Legislative Building through the Precinct Properties Branch. She came out of retirement following a 34-plus year career with Halton Regional Police to work briefly with Ontario’s Ministry of Education developing safety and security policies before applying to be Sergeant-at-Arms.

“It has been my honour to be the tenth Sergeant-at-Arms under the leadership of both Speaker Arnott and Speaker Levac, and the Clerk, Todd Decker. I wish to thank the Members of Provincial Parliament, my colleagues, the media and law enforcement partners for their support. I’d especially like to thank my dedicated staff for their tireless work to keep this historic building operational. It was my privilege to be the first woman Sergeant-at-Arms and I am humbled to have my picture hang amongst other inspiring female champions in the hallways of this Legislature.”


For further information, please contact:
Parliamentary Protocol and Public Relations Branch
Legislative Assembly of Ontario