Kamloops' top cop position posted across the country

Yves Lacasse retired from the RCMP in February, and the Kamloops detachment is seeking a new chief of police.
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By Jessica Wallace

With Yves Lacasse finishing his final days as Kamloops RCMP's top cop, the detachment is looking for his replacement.

A job posting for the superintendent position was posted internally last week across the country to find a qualified successor.

"It's going to be up for three more weeks," said RCMP Const. Bernie Ward. "I imagine we're going to probably get quite a bit of interest. A lot of people want to come to Kamloops."

Following the application process, a shortlist will be created by RCMP officer staffing in Ottawa.

Once a shortlist is created, it is passed onto RCMP Chief Supt. Mike Sekela, responsible for the Southeast District, including the Central Interior, Okanagan and Kootenay regions.

Sekela shortens the list and forwards it to the City, including Mayor Peter Milobar and council. City officials then have the opportunity to have their say and interview candidates.

From there, it returns to Ottawa for the final decision.

"We are just at the beginning of the process now," Ward said.

In the meantime, Insp. Jennie Latham is temporarily filling the position.

"The whole process probably takes about two to three months," Ward said. "I imagine late April or early May would be the earliest somebody would be picked."

To contact a reporter for this story, email: jwallace@infotelnews.ca or call (250) 319-7494.

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