New Mission police chief chosen

Insp. Richard Konarski was announced Thursday as Mission's new chief of police.

Insp. Richard Konarski was announced Thursday as Mission's new chief of police.

A man who has made Mission home for the past 12 years has been chosen as the community’s new RCMP chief of police.

Insp. Richard Konarski has been a Mountie for 33 years, and comes to Mission from Langley, where he served as operations support officer responsible for numerous duties including strategic planning and serious crime.

“The people of Mission have a champion for their community’s most vulnerable groups in their new police commander,” says Asst. Comm. Norm Lipinski, head of the RCMP’s Lower Mainland District Regional Police Service. “Insp. Konarski’s victim-centred domestic violence investigation protocols and training have been incorporated B.C.-wide. And he’s a proven advocate for a wide variety of youth-at-risk initiatives and programs.”

Konarski’s start date is not fixed, but he will likely begin in July or earlier, said Paul Gipps, Mission’s deputy chief administrative officer.