RCMP Sgt. Mark Smith

RCMP Sgt. Mark Smith

New Williams Lake RCMP sergeant installed

Williams Lake has a new RCMP sergeant, replacing Sgt. Rick Lebeuf who retired last fall.

Williams Lake has a new RCMP sergeant, replacing Sgt. Rick Lebeuf who retired last fall.

Sgt. Mark Smith began working at the Williams Lake detachment on June 6, and said he applied for the position because he wanted to get back to B.C.

“Williams Lake is a bit of a gem because you are close to everything,” he told the Tribune Wednesday. “You have the airport, you have basically everything you need in town and you aren’t far from Kamloops or Vancouver.”

Smith and his wife Josée, also an RCMP member, were working in Edmonton from 2004 to 2016.

During the last six and a half years, he was with the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) in Edmonton.

“A lot of work with CFSEU was drug and gang related so it involved writing search warrants and investigating organized crime groups,” Smith said.

Smith grew up in Edmonton and became an RCMP officer in 1990, something he said he knew he wanted to do ever since he was in junior high school.

He went to university and studied history and political science before entering the RCMP Academy, Depot Division in Regina, Sask.

It was at the academy that he met Josée.

His first posting was with the West Shore RCMP detachment in Victoria, B.C. where he stayed until 2004.

Twenty-six years into his career, Smith still enjoys himself and is looking forward to the supervisory role that comes with being promoted to a sergeant, he said.

“I enjoy working with the younger members. It’s fairly junior here, I’m not used to seeing regimental numbers that high.”

In addition to supervising and training new recruits, Smith will be responsible for First Nations policing, victim services, the safer community program, and for the dog handler in Williams Lake.

As for his management style, Smith said he’s not heavy-handed, but prefers teaching and making suggestions.

“I’ve had all types of bosses through my career,” he recalled. “There were the guys who always had their thumb on you, to guys who were totally oblivious to what you were doing. I hope to be somewhere in the middle.”

When Smith isn’t at work, he enjoys doing anything outside, such as golfing, biking, swimming, running and training for triathlons.

“Williams Lake is a beautiful town with the mountains, the trees and the lake,” he said. “If you are an outdoor enthusiast, what better place to live?”

He used to play hockey, and watched his children play hockey as they were growing up, and wouldn’t mind getting back into playing, even though it has been a long time, he added chuckling.

The Smiths have two grown children  — a son going to university in Edmonton and a daughter going to school in the U.S.

Just Posted

Gibraltar Mine has started calling back 34 workers laid off on April 27 because it has received its permit to reactive the Gibraltar East Pit. (Taseko Mines Ltd. photo)
Gibraltar Mine receives permit, calling back laid off employees

Mining has begun in the Gibraltar East pit

(RCMP logo)
RCMP investigating early morning assault in Williams Lake

An insecure firearm was located in a residence

Williams Lake City Council rejected a proposal Tuesday at its regular meeting for the city to host a junior A hockey team for the upcoming 2021/22 season. (Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Council rejects junior A hockey bid in Williams Lake

The proposal has been up for debate the past several months

The city of Williams Lake will help fund a position at Canadian Mental Health Association Cariboo Chilcotin Branch for mental health programs using some of the COVID safe restart grant the city received from the province. (City of Williams Lake photo)
City of Williams Lake allocates 35K to support mental health programs

The funding for CMHA coming from the COVID Safe Restart grant the city received

Speed reader data collected between March 1 and April 28, 2021 indicated 94.68 per cent of vehicles traveling through kept below or to the 50 km hour speed limit. (Angie Mindus file photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
City council agrees further speed restrictions not warranted for Westridge area of Williams Lake

Staff bases decision on speed reader data collected over six-week period

B.C. Labour Minister Harry Bains in the B.C. legislature, May 13, 2019. (Hansard TV)
VIDEO: B.C. to provide 3 days of sick pay for COVID-19 absences

Province will support employers on cost, labour minister says

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Brad MacKenzie, advocacy chair for the ALS Society of B.C., says having research projects in the province allows people here to have access to cutting-edge treatments now being developed. (B.C. government video)
B.C. funds research chair for Lou Gehrig’s disease at UBC

Pandemic has cut off patient access to international projects

In this Monday, March 15, 2021 file photo a vial of AstraZeneca vaccine is pictured in a pharmacy in Boulogne Billancourt, outside Paris. Questions remained Wednesday about the future of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in Canada, as Manitoba limited use of the shot and Ontario announced it planned to save an incoming shipment to use as second doses. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Christophe Ena, File
Questions remain about the future of the Oxford-AstraZeneca shot in Canada

More than two million Canadians have received AstraZeneca and 17 have been confirmed to have VITT

A Mountie issued B.C. RCMP’s first ticket for non-essential travel May 1. (Black Press Media files)
Driver ticketed, told to ‘return to Lower Mainland immediately’ by Vancouver Island police

The motorist was originally pulled over for driving-related offences May 1

Children walk back to their classroom while wearing masks and physical distancing at St. Barnabas Catholic School in Scarborough, Ont., in October, 2020. A group of B.C. teachers has issued an open letter calling for the relaxation of non-pharmaceutical interventions for children in B.C. schools. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)
Group of B.C. teachers calls for easing of pandemic measures for students

Teacher group says ‘response to COVID is out of balance to the cost our youth are paying’

Adam Hamdan has been living in Christina Lake since November 2020. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Man acquitted on terrorist charges given temporary residence in Canada

Adam Hamdan had been facing deportation to Jordan, where he holds citizenship through his Palestinian parents

Most Read