Detachment commanders swap spots

The RCMP detachment commanders in Haines Junction and Beaver Creek will be switching communities. 

The RCMP detachment commanders in Haines Junction and Beaver Creek will be switching communities.

Yukon RCMP announced Monday that Cpl. Kim MacKellar is moving to head up the office in Beaver Creek and Cpl. Norm Devarennes is taking the top spot in Haines Junction.

Devarennes was born and raised in New Brunswick. He joined the RCMP in June 1987 and first worked in Joliette, Que. for close to six years. While in Quebec, he had the experience of working with the First Nation community of Akwasasne.

Devarennes then transferred to Richibucto, New Brunswick where he spent 19 years and worked with the First Nation community of Elsipogtog.

He has been the detachment commander in Beaver Creek since arriving in the Yukon in Sept. 2011.

MacKellar has been a member of the RCMP for more than 27 years.

Prior to coming to the Yukon in 2000, he worked in Nova Scotia for 14 years. Since arriving in the Yukon, MacKellar has worked in Teslin, Old Crow, Haines Junction, and Beaver Creek from 2009 to 2011. He has also been part of the “M” division relief unit.

Both officers were chosen for their positions following consultations with the local First Nations.

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