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Former chief becomes interim leader of police in Timmins

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Effective Jan. 8, former Timmins police chief Denis Lavoie will become acting chief of police during the search for a full-time replacement.

Lavoie temporarily replaces Dan Foy, who suddenly resigned in November after less than two years on the job. At the time, Timmins police board chair Kraymr Grenke told CTV's Lydia Chubak that Foy wanted to spend time with his family, with two of his children still in school.

That left the service looking for a replacement at a time when it is struggling to attract enough police constables.

“Chief Lavoie, a seasoned law enforcement professional, brings a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of the Timmins Police Service,” the board said in a news release Thursday.

"At a time when resources are already scarce, the board sought to add valuable assistance and historical insight to our organization," Grenke is quoted as saying in a news release Thursday.

"Chief Lavoie's familiarity with the workings of our community and the police service uniquely positions him to add support during our transition."

Working with Waterhouse Executive Search, the board is currently searching for a full-time replacement.

"We appreciate the dedication and professionalism of Deputy Chief Dacosta and Insp. Dinel who stepped up to act as chief and deputy chief during this transition,” Grenke added.

“Their commitment provides the organization with stability during this crucial time.” 

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