December 31, 2013 - 8:28 AM
KAMLOOPS – The city saw two big changes this year as both the police chief and the fire chief left their seats, one in what proved to be a controversial move that still is talked about nearly a year later.
At the end of January Yves Lacasse announced he was leaving the RCMP after 27 years of service, eight in Kamloops, to join KGHM Ajax Mining Inc.
"Those who know me know I am passionate about the well-being of the city of Kamloops. This opportunity will allow me to work with the community to inform, consult and resolve issues related to this project," he said at the time.
Lacasse joined the proposed mine as the manager of external affairs and has faced criticism and praise in the last 11 months for the decision but he stands by the decision, which he said was a way to ensure Kamloops is the last stop for his family.
Then in May, Fire Chief Neill Moroz retired after nearly 28 years on the squad. He left for personal reasons according to city Chief Administrative Officer David Trawin after going on personal leave earlier in the month.
A month later Insp. Brad Mueller was announced as the new Officer in Charge of the Kamloops detachment, though he was only set to start at the end of the summer. The first week of September Mueller met with the media to talk about his new role and the future of the detachment.
By the end of September a replacement for Moroz was also announced and on Oct. 21 Dale McLean stepped in as the new fire chief. McLean had been with the fire department in Edmonton for more than 30 years before deciding to accept the top job in Kamloops.
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