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Dave Jones to take over as New Westminster police chief

After more than four decades in policing, New Westminster Police Chief Const. Lorne Zapotichny is passing his hat off to the next in line.

Zapotichny announced earlier this month that he will will retire at the end of February.

Deputy Chief Const. David Jones, who has served with the service for nearly 25 years, will transition into Zapotichny's position March 1, according to a press release issued Wednesday.

The New Westminster Police Board hiring panel said Jones was the "ideal candidate" because he had many years under his belt and was already serving in a senior administrative capacity.

The police board, along with representatives from the City of New Westminster human resources department and the executive search firm Pinton Forrest Madden, assessed potential candidates for the chief constable position.

"After careful consideration, all parties involved recognized that the ideal candidate was already serving in a senior administration capacity with the NWPS," the release stated.

Jones joined NWPS in September 1986, rising through the ranks as a respected officer and leader.

Zapotichny joined the New West force in February 1998 and was sworn in as chief constable in August 2000. Before joining NWPS, he worked 30 years with the RCMP.

The New Westminster Police Service is one of the oldest municipal police forces in western Canada, serving the community since 1873. It has 117 uniformed members and 42 civilian staff.

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