A couple of Timmins Police officers are moving up the ranks.
The Timmins Police Services Board approved promotions, and hiring of new officers at the Nov. 14 meeting.
The promotions will see Mike Fortin, who is currently a sergeant, move up to staff sergeant, and Const. Brennan Campbell move up to sergeant. The promotions are effective Jan. 2, 2020.
The changes are necessary after Staff Sgt. Murray McGee retired May 31.
Chief John Gauthier said there were two applicants for the staff sergeant position and both were interviewed.
For the sergeant position, nine constables applied.
“In accordance with the operating procedure, only six candidates were selected to proceed in that stage from the constable to sergeant,” said Gauthier.
He said Fortin and Campbell both had the highest marks in their individual competitions.
Two new hires were also approved.
It will see Luc Lamarche return to the Timmins Police Service.
Gauthier said Lamarche has 15 years of experience, including extensive training in the criminal investigations division, as well as a scenes of crime officer, coach officer, and more.
His start date is Nov. 18.
“With Luc’s extensive background he doesn’t have to return to the Ontario Police College, he can just jump right back in the ranks,” he said.
Reese Lamarche is the second officer being hired.
Gauthier said he's a Cochrane resident and will start training with the service Jan. 2, 2020. He'll start basic recruit training at the Ontario Police College Jan. 6.