New police chief could be named by next week

Mayor Peter Milobar says a new police chief could be named as early as next week.

KAMLOOPS - The applications have come in, the interviews have been done and the city has made its recommendations. Now all that is needed is for RCMP to appoint a new superintendent to the Kamloops detachment and that could happen as early as next week.

Mayor Peter Milobar says the city spent a day interviewing candidates this week and made its recommendations to the RCMP on who they felt would be best suited.

“Basically we've concluded there was a couple of names we felt comfortable with and one of those two will become superintendent.”

Milobar says because it was a national search there were candidates from many different parts of Canada and a good cross-section applied. In the end two candidates that had the right feel were the ones the city recommended.

“They were all more than qualified to do the job, and they all will have their own style,” Milobar said. “And that was part of what we had to look at, to see how they would fit in with the city.”

While Milobar cannot say just who the candidates are or where they are from he expects the RCMP to make the announcement sooner rather than later. He is unsure of when they will start though, given the different circumstances the candidates are currently in.

The need for a new superintendent comes after Yves Lacasse announced in January he was leaving his role for a new one with KGHM Ajax. Insp. Jennie Latham is temporarily filling the role while Ottawa makes the final decision.

To contact a reporter for this story, email jstahn@infotelnews.ca, call (250)819-3723 or message through Twitter @JennStahn.


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