Local RCMP get interim commander

Elk Valley Commander Lorne Craig will be coming to Cranbrook pending the arrival of Inspector Blake McLeod.

  • Jan. 16, 2013 1:00 p.m.

Carolyn Grant

RCMP Sgt. Laurie Jalbert will return to the Kimberley office after being seconded to Cranbrook for the past ten months as Officer In Charge.

The Kimberley/Cranbrook Detachment continues to await the arrival of their new commander, Inspector Blake McLeod, who has not yet sold his home at his previous posting.

However, rather than have Jalbert continue to try to run two offices, Elk Valley Commander Lorne Craig will be coming to Cranbrook as Commander in the interim.

Jalbert introduced him to Kimberley City Council Monday evening when she delivered her year end policing report.

Craig has been with the RCMP for 21 years and told Council he has served in both small towns and larger urban centres, and worked major crime units.

“I have been eight years as Commander of the Elk Valley Detachment,” he said. “I’m no stranger to the issues of a ski town.”

Mayor Ron McRae welcomed Craig and commended Jalbert on her excellent service to both communities.