Thompson RCMP detachment officer-in-charge Insp. Brian Edmonds will be leaving his role to become a assistant district officer for the Manitoba RCMP north district, he told members of the city’s public safety committee at their Nov. 14 meeting.
Edmonds’s new position, formerly filled by then-Insp. Kevin Lewis, who was the Thompson RCMP detachment head prior to Edmonds taking over, will begin Dec. 16.
“Ultimately I want to be a district commander one day,” Edmonds told committee members.
Lewis, now a superintendent, has taken over the north district commander position occupied by Supt. Sorab Rupa. The north district covers everything from Grand Rapids up to the Manitoba-Nunavut boundary.
Edmonds came to Thompson in October 2017 after 12 years in Winnipeg as a staff sergeant. Prior to that, he worked for 12 years in Yukon, including Whitehorse, after starting his RCMP career in B.C. in 1991. He has nearly 29 years of experience with the RCMP.
“There will be a process to identify a permanent replacement,” said Edmonds.
In the meantime, Thompson RCMP Staff Sgt. Chris Hastie will be the detachment’s officer-in-charge. Hastie is two-and-a-half years into his second posting in Thompson. He served here from 2011 to 2014 before transferring to Labrador for three years. Hastie returned to Thompson in June 2017 and has been in the role of staff sergeant since May of this year.
The officer-in-charge oversees all administrative and operational aspects of the Thompson RCMP detachment, which has 38 regular members and 12 administrative support staff.