Ottawa has endorsed the City of Kamloops and RCMP's pick to replace Supt. Brad Mueller as the top cop at the local detachment.
Inspector Syd Lecky has been selected as the new officer in charge after an interview process led by Mayor Ken Christian, CAO David Trawin and the RCMP. Their recommendation was approved by the commissioner of the RCMP.
Although a selection has been made, no formal start date has been established, according to an RCMP press release. "I am excited to work with City of Kamloops, residents, businesses and those agencies working with marginalized persons to enhance and champion initiatives that will keep our community safe," Lecky said in a press release. "As a proud member of the Passamaquoddy Nation (in New Brunswick and Maine), I also look forward to working with the Shuswap Nation served by the Kamloops detachment, including Skeetchestn, Tk'emlúps and the Whispering Pines/Clinton Indian Band." Lecky said the posting gives him a chance to be closer to his two oldest children, who attend a nearby university.
Once Lecky assumes his role and responsibilities in Kamloops, he will be formally promoted to the rank of superintendent and a plan will be developed to ensure a smooth transition. "We're excited to welcome Inspector Lecky to our community," said Mayor Ken Christian in a press release. "We've been fortunate to have amazing dedication and leadership at the Kamloops RCMP and I'm confident Inspector Lecky will continue that tradition."
Lecky has spent the past four-and-a-half years in Terrace, the last two in charge of the detachment.
"As Kamloops moves ahead with its public-safety strategy, Lecky's experience in both rural and urban policing, combined with his progressive and community-first approach to policing, will make a real difference to the residents of Kamloops," the RCMP press release stated. "Insp. Lecky has consistently demonstrated the ability to connect with the communities he has served, while also empowering and supporting the employees he works with", said chief superintendent and Southeast District commander Brad Haugli. "He brings with him a collaborative and engaging leadership style that will continue to build on the Kamloops RCMP's successes, while also addressing any community safety or policing issues."
Lecky joined the RCMP in June of 1996 and was initially posted to Kelowna for eight years. In 2004, then-constable Lecky was transferred to the Nootka Sound detachment in Gold River, a small community on Vancouver Island, followed by three years with the Terrace RCMP. In 2008, the now-corporal Lecky was promoted to the rank of sergeant and transferred to Prince George, where he was an advisory non-commissioned officer in charge of the Aboriginal policing program throughout Northern B.C.
In this role, Lecky travelled throughout the northern two-thirds of the province, working with detachments and First Nations communities. Following three years as the Mackenzie RCMP's detachment commander, he returned to Terrace in 2013 and was later promoted to the rank of inspector in March of 2016. "Insp. Lecky is an excellent choice for the next officer in charge of the Kamloops RCMP," said outgoing Kamloops detachment commander Supt. Brad Mueller. "I am confident that he will be dedicated to the job and continue to advance the quality service delivery and public safety mandate of the detachment in the City of Kamloops."