June 12, 2013 - 2:25 PM
Kelowna Mounties have a new commander.
The appointment of Insp. Nick Romanchuk to the position of Officer in Charge of the Kelowna RCMP detachment was announced today.
Romanchuk has 22 years of RCMP service experience and detachment command experience throughout southern British Columbia over more than 13 years. Currently he is the officer in charge at Kootenay Boundary Regional Detachment, responsible for the police service of 15 municipalities and the majority of the two regional districts within the West Kootenay/Boundary area.
"This is a tremendous opportunity for me and my family," said Romanchuk in a press release. "My wife and two daughters are very excited by the prospect of beginning the next chapter of our lives in Kelowna and enjoying all that the community has to offer."
Mayor Walter Grey welcomed the new commander to the community.
"As part of the hiring committee I was able to see first-hand that Nick's leadership skills are proven, progressive and innovative," said Grey. "We are pleased Nick has chosen Kelowna to call home and lead our community safety efforts."
Romanchuk was born and raised in Saskatchewan. He joined the RCMP in 1991. After completing his Basic Recruit Training at Depot he was transferred to Lillooet, B.C. where he was stationed from 1991-95. From there he was transferred to the Kamloops Sub-Division Customs & Excise Section where he investigated offences against a number of federal statutes. In 1998 he was transferred to the Southeast District Customs & Excise Section where he continued with this work.
Romanchuk was promoted to the rank of Corporal in 1999 and transferred to Nakusp detachment, where, for the first time in his career he became Detachment Commander. In 2002, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and became Detachment Commander in Lumby. In 2004, while working as Detachment Commander at Trail & Greater District he was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant.
In 2008, he was commissioned and promoted to the rank of Inspector as the first Officer in Charge of Kootenay Boundary Regional Detachment; a detachment structure that he and his team built from the ground up.
"I feel extremely honoured and privileged to have been entrusted with serving the City of Kelowna and surrounding communities as their Chief of Police," said Romanchuk. "It is a responsibility that I do not take lightly. It is clear that the people who work at Kelowna Detachment, whether as police officers or in a variety of capacities that support our policing efforts, are extremely dedicated individuals and I look forward to joining with them to continue their efforts at improving the safety of our communities.”
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