The Beiseker RCMP detachment is due for a change in leadership. After 27 years with the force, the last 4 1/2 of them in Beiseker, Sergeant Glen Demmon is retiring.
Demming told 99.5 Drum FM with the kids grown and moved out, he and his wife decided the time is right. So what's next?
"Do some travel, spend some time with my wife," he outlined. "We're going to do a little bit of traveling in the next few months and then, when she gets tired of me being in the house, I'll go out and find something else to do."
An open house will be held at the Beiseker RCMP detachment next Wednesday, January 17, where people can drop by for cake and coffee and pay their respects.
So, what is Demmon going to miss the most about being a Mountie?
"The people, the people you work with," he replied without hesitation. "Even though you're dealing with people probably at their worst, or their worst times, every once in a while you make life easier for them and it makes it worthwhile."
"Probably the most satisfying thing since we've been out here was that incident from last year at Christmas time (2016) where there was an accident and they lost their dog," he recalled. The animal was discovered near the accident site west of Carbon three weeks later and returned to its owners. "You always look for the positives or the ones that you don't expect to turn out that way."
Demmon's replacement in Beiseker is Sgt. Norman Mercier, who transfers in from the RCMP's Major Crimes Unit. He begins his new job on Monday, January 15.