Director of Engineering, City Manager, and now the Chief of Police. Moose Jaw City Hall has now hired for the three big vacancies that were apparent over the summer.
Rick Bourassa has been announced as the new Chief of Police, coming to us from the Department of Justice. It's a return to his hometown, after moving to Regina when he was 10. It's also a return to police work.
"I worked with the Regina Police Service for a number of years, retired two years ago and came to the Ministry of Justice," explained Bourassa. "In a real way it's actually two returns, one to the town I was born in and one to my roots in policing."
Bourassa spent 30 years with Regina Police, having served in a number of areas. His first day will be October 7th and he's already working on his agenda.
"I think it's a mistake sometimes to act before we really understand everything," added Bourassa. "So, for the first while I'll be very active in meeting with everyone I can meet with and getting a really good sense of what priorities people have and what people see as sort of the pressing things to be addressed and from there, we'll work together on plans for addressing those things."
Bourassa's resume includes street work as an officer, administrative work, budget planning and teaching at the police college. Experience that caught the attention of Mayor Deb Higgins.
"He brings a wealth of experience with him and real excitement and dedication to policing, which was very evident when we did interviews," said Higgins. "Community involvement of the police force is very important and that's a big aspect of Mr. Bourassa's history and his experience that he brings to the city."
Here is the official announcement.
The City of Moose Jaw Board of Police Commissioners has appointed Richard Bourassa as their new Chief of Police effective October 7, 2013.
“We are looking forward to having Mr. Bourassa as a part of our team,” said Mayor Deb Higgins, Chair of the Moose Jaw Board of Police Commissioners. “He has experience as a police executive and as a senior government leader that will enhance our community’s police service.”
Bourassa currently serves as Director of Court Security for the Ministry of Justice since July 2011. Prior to this, Bourassa had a long and distinguished 30-year career with the Regina Police Service culminating in a senior role of Executive Committee member and Commanding Officer of Community Services Division where he managed approximately 250 sworn and civilian employees. He was responsible for front-line operations, communications, detention, community programs, emergency services, community policing, and oversight of response to major incidents. As well, he is credited with creating and managing the divisional strategic plan and budget.
Mr. Bourassa has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Queen’s University and a Master of Public Administration through the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Regina. Bourassa replaces Dale Larsen, who resigned to become Executive Director of Policing and Community Safety Services for the provincial government.
“This is a double homecoming for me: a return to the community in which I grew up, and a return to policing”, said Bourassa. “It is exciting and an honour to be a part of this outstanding organization. I look forward to serving with the dedicated women and men of the Moose Jaw Police Service as we move forward and work collaboratively with the community to keep Moose Jaw a safe, inclusive and vibrant City,” added Bourassa.
Bourassa, who was born and raised in Moose Jaw, has led police liaison and support for the introduction of Safer Communities and Neighborhoods operations in Regina, and created, implemented and led the interagency, community-driven Housing Standards Enforcement Team. He has a proven track record as a transformational leader with demonstrated team-building competency.
“I have every confidence that Chief Bourassa will distinguish himself early as an effective community leader,” said Higgins. “His educational, supervisory and policing abilities are an excellent fit for our community, and he will be a valued addition in leading the Moose Jaw Police Service Administration Team.”
Mr. Bourassa plans to reside in Moose Jaw and is making arrangements to do so.
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