Red Deer’s acting police superintendent is a 32-year veteran who supervised the surrounding detachments in Central Alberta for more than a year.
RCMP Insp. David Elliott, 53, took over the reins from Warren Dosko, who unexpectedly retired from the police force on Dec. 20. Dosko had the position for close to three years.
Elliott worked as the operations officer for the Central Alberta District in Red Deer for 14 months before taking the interim position. The district oversees the 23 Central Alberta detachments in the province.
“There’s definitely lots going on at the detachment,” said Elliott. “There’s lots going on in the city. Very interesting time.”
Elliott said he is very familiar with the area, the issues and how the detachments interact because of his position with the Central Alberta District.
He was also a liaison with the office and the City of Red Deer.
Born in New Liskeard, Ont., Elliott joined the RCMP in 1981. Following RCMP training in Regina, Elliott spent 23 years working in small towns and cities in Saskatchewan.
“After being in Saskatchewan for so many years, I felt like I should go to Alberta like everybody else,” he laughed.
He moved to Bonnyville, where he was the detachment commander for five years before heading north to Yellowknife for the same position for three years.
The nationwide search for Dosko’s permanent replacement has begun.
For the first time, the city will have some say in who will be the next detachment commander.