Staff Sgt. Chris Bear has been named the new Officer in Command for the Duncan/North Cowichan RCMP detachment. (Submitted Photo)

New Officer in Command named for Duncan/North Cowichan RCMP detachment

RCMP Staff Sgt. Chris Bear is the new Officer in Command (OIC).

RCMP Staff Sgt. Chris Bear is the new Officer in Command (OIC) after being promoted to Inspector of the Duncan/North Cowichan detachment, the Municipality of North Cowichan announced Tuesday.

Bear took over from Superintendent Ray Carfantan, who has served as OIC since October 2013 and was promoted in early August to the Mounties’ Southeast District in B.C. where the 28-year police will serve as assistant district officer.

A panel consisting of several senior RCMP representatives, Acting Mayor Kate Marsh, Mayor Phil Kent, and Calvin Swustus, Justice Coordinator for Cowichan Tribes held interviews last Thursday and Bear was chosen as the successful applicant.

“My family and I are extremely happy to be given this opportunity,” Bear said, who was promoted from the role of Operations, where he was second in command. “There is some amazing work being done in collaboration with the community and I look forward to building upon those successes.”

He is a 24-year veteran of the RCMP and has called the Cowichan Valley home since 2006.

During this time, he has held several positions within the Duncan/North Cowichan detachment as well as Aboriginal Policing Services in the Victoria Island District Headquarters.

Bear also spent 12 years prior to coming to Vancouver Island in several different detachments throughout the Yukon Territory.

“Staff Sergeant Bear understands policing in the Cowichan community and we are thrilled to have an officer of his calibre as Inspector of the Duncan/North Cowichan detachment,” said North Cowichan Mayor Jon Lefebure.