As one RCMP Superintendent steps away from the position, the city is looking forward to seeing what his replacement will accomplish once on the job.
Superintendent John Ferguson is coming to Grande Prairie from Nova Scotia, where he most recently worked as a Federal Policing Officer. City Manager Greg Scerbak says that background will serve him well in his new position.
“Part of his previous duties when he was in Nova Scotia where he was a federal officer, were a lot to do with drug activity policing in those areas. He’s quite familiar with drug policing and we thought that would be a great fit for Grande Prairie because of the increasing drug problem we have in town.”
Current Superintendent Ray Noble is technically on the job until November, but Scerbak says he hopes to see Ferguson arrive in the city some time before that.
“John did come to Grande Prairie, he had a really good tour of the city and he was quite impressed with out facilities. Of course he has to sell his house in Nova Scotia but we are looking at him coming sometime this fall, hopefully late September or October maybe.”
Scerbak says the city appreciates everything Noble accomplished for the detachment during his 4 year tenure, including work on a comprehensive strategic plan and lobbying the city to provide funding for another dozen officers to join the force.