The Lisims-Nass Valley RCMP detachment has a new commander.
Outgoing detachment commander, Sgt. James Fenske is heading south to a new posting in the Kootneys.
Sgt. Shawn McLaughlin will be taking over as the interim commander while the search is underway for a permanent commander.
He says that process could take anywhere from three to nine months.
In the meantime, Sgt. McLaughlin has been tasked to continue the already established annual performance plan.
He adds he recognizes he’s just a guest, but hopes to become a part of the community.
Sgt. McLaughlin says one detachment priority that will continue, and will actually see beefed up enforcement, is the cracking down on illegal alcohol resales.
He says the illegal sales on those already vulnerable due to addiction has a major impact on Nass communities.
Sgt. McLaughlin was last posted to the RCMP detachment in Terrace, where he lives and commutes to the Nass.
He’s previously been posted in Manitoba, the Yukon, and Newfoundland.