The City’s newest top cop met the media Monday afternoon wearing a crisp uniform, a flat-top haircut and a smile.
Supt. Brad Mueller moved to town two weeks ago from Dauphin, Man., where he watched over several detachments. He has barely had a chance to unpack, as a previously arranged family trip to the East Coast was already scheduled.
Monday was his first official day on the job, being in charge of one detachment instead of many small ones.
Mueller, 47, said he has three principles he tries to follow as a leader.
First, compassion — building relationships and creating an understanding of where others are coming from.
Second, communication — internal and external communications are important to him in connecting with staff and with the community.
Third, courage — making hard decisions because they’re the right thing to do.
But don’t expect any drastic changes, at least for the next six months. Mueller said it’ll take at least that long for him to get settled into his new post and get a strong overview of where the Kamloops detachment is at.
At first glance, he likes what he sees.
“We have a strong management team here,” he said.
Mueller got into the RCMP after trying a summer job with the force in 1987. He has worked in operations and administrative positions in his career.
Kamloops seemed like a good move, at a time when one of his grown sons is in university and the other is playing hockey in the U.S.
“I felt it was a good fit for me personally and professionally,” he said.
He is aware of some of the detachment’s problems, including the sex-in-the-cells case that caused embarrassment. But Mueller likes to focus on the future.
“For me, it’s important to know the past, understand it, but for me, I’m not going to dwell on the past,” he said.
On a personal note, Mueller loves the outdoors and is a big fan of golf and hockey. But will he swap his beloved Brandon Wheat Kings (he was born in Brandon and played on the team) in favour of the Blazers?
Mueller wouldn’t say. Perhaps there are some courageous decisions that shouldn’t be discussed — particularly when you’ve just arrived in Blazerville.