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Ray Noble reaches retirement

Ray Noble has left the building. The RCMP Superintendent is officially retiring from his 35 year career in November, but has already wrapped up his duties at the Grande Prairie detachment. His next challenge is finishing up his Masters in Disaster and Emergency Management from Royal Roads University, but what lies ahead further in his path is still uncertain.
“I will look at other employment opportunities as I wrap up here, or finish my degree. I’m in the absolutely marvelous position now of being able to say I will only apply on and accept jobs that I am really genuinely interested in and am going to love.”
As part, he’s been researching the role of local emergency services in the transport of dangerous goods by rail. Noble says he was looking for something that would give him both a new direction and challenge, but also an opportunity to use some of the transferable skills he gained in policing.
In his three and a half decades of police service, Noble has spent time in RCMP detachments across B.C. and Alberta, as well as a stint with the U.S. military in Afghanistan. He spent the last four years as Officer in Charge in Grande Prairie, and hopes he’s left his mark.
“This is really a job of service. One of the things I look forward to being evaluated [on], not now but maybe 10 years from now, is whether or not I left a legacy. In Grande Prairie, the legacy would be looking at the strategic plan and some of the initiatives we took to more the detachment forward.”
The document was published in November to try and provide consistency as the detachment transitions and the city grows. Inspector Donnan McKenna is filling in for Noble on an interim basis, while the City and RCMP look to replace him.

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