The head of the Kamloops RCMP is leaving the Tournament Capital.
Supt. Brad Mueller, who took the reins of the city's detachment in 2013, has accepted a promotion within the national police force and a position in Edmonton, where he will be deputy criminal operations officer. Mueller will be responsible for oversight for all operational policing
matters in relation to general duty policing for the RCMP in Alberta.
"This was not an easy decision to make as I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here in Kamloops and working with such a dedicated group of people at this detachment," Mueller said in a statement released to reporters on Friday.
In the statement, Mueller said he feels the Kamloops detachment is in good shape moving forward.
"Our detachment has done tremendous work and made great strides over the last four years and I have full confidence that the officers and management team are very well positioned, on all fronts, going forward," he said.
Mueller took over as Kamloops' RCMP superintendent after Yves Lacasse retired from policing and took a job as external-affairs manager with KGHM Ajax.
Mueller will work with the City of Kamloops and the Southeast District RCMP in the coming months to find his successor.
As Mueller prepares to leave, the Kamloops RCMP has welcomed a new operations officer in Insp. Todd Balaban, who arrived from E-Division in the Lower Mainland. Balaban succeeds Insp. Sunny Parmar, who spent two years in Kamloops before being transferred to Richmond last November.
Meanwhile, Kamloops RCMP Sgt. Lorne Wood is heading to Merritt to lead that community's detachment.
"Merritt seems like a great town and I'm pretty outdoorsy," Wood said, adding that he enjoys hunting, fishing and hiking, for which the Nicola Valley is known.
The 46-year-old will begin his job as the new Merritt staff sergeant at the end of March, but will be commuting from Kamloops until June, when his youngest daughter graduates high school.
"The plan is to buy a house and move," said Wood, noting he hopes to be living in Merritt by the summer.
As a first-time staff sergeant, Wood said he will need some time to adjust to the new position as it will be different from his current role in Kamloops.
"The biggest thing in that first six months or a year is to get things sorted out, meet everyone and see what needs some attention and what's working well," Wood said.
The 20-year veteran of the RCMP has been in charge of the major-crime unit in Kamloops for the past five years. Prior to that, worked in that same field in the RCMP's North District. Wood began his career with the RCMP in 100 Mile House.