Towns may share en­force­ment of­fi­cer


Could there be a new re­gional mu­nic­i­pal en­force­ment of­fi­cer head­ing to Con­cep­tion Bay North?

If things work out, at least two towns could share an en­force­ment of­fi­cer — Spa­niard’s Bay and Har­bour Grace.

In a pub­lic coun­cil meet­ing in Har­bour Grace last month, it was con­firmed coun­cil­lors from there had been ca­su­ally speak­ing to coun­cil­lors from Spa­niard’s Bay about shar­ing an en­force­ment of­fi­cer.

Two weeks ago Spa­niard’s Bay Mayor Tony Men­chions and Har­bour Grace Mayor Terry Barnes had a meet­ing to speak about the pos­si­ble part­ner­ship.

Spa­niard’s Bay has al­ready be­gun the re­cruit­ment process for its own of­fi­cer, but Men­chions con­firmed there’s al­ways room for re­gional com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

Al­though there haven’t been any for­mal talks with other towns, neigh­bour­ing Up­per Is­land Cove, Bishop’s Cove and Bryant’s Cove may also be con­sid­ered if a re­gional ap­proach is de­cided for the po­si­tion and they are in­ter­ested.

Men­chions isn’t shy about his thoughts on re­gion­al­iza­tion. In fact, he sees it be­com­ing more ap­par­ent as the way to go for the fu­ture.

“Some­where in the near fu­ture, all towns have to work to­gether,” he told The Com­pass last week. “If all towns have to go un­der the same re­gional um­brella, so be it. All ar­eas could cer­tainly ben­e­fit.”

The idea of re­gion­al­iza­tion is noth­ing new. Ex­am­ples where it’s work­ing well is the joint may­ors as­so­ci­a­tion of Trin­ity-Bay de Verde and the Bay de Grave Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment. Con­cep­tion Bay North also has a joint coun­cil.

“That’s not go­ing to hap­pen tomorrow morn­ing,” Men­chions noted. “At the end of the day it’s about what’s best for the area. Not just the town, the area.”

Right now Spa­niard’s Bay is con­tin­u­ing to re­cruit a mu­nic­i­pal en­force­ment of­fi­cer with­out part­ner­ships, but that could po­ten­tially change.

Spa­niard’s Bay town man­ager Tony Ryan con­firmed this.

“We are open to discussing this po­si­tion with neigh­bour­ing com­mu­ni­ties as a re­gional en­force­ment of­fi­cer,” Ryan ex­plained. “Spa­niard’s Bay is pro­ceed­ing with it in any case. “

The only def­i­nite stip­u­la­tion Ryan put on the idea of a part­ner­ship would be cost shar­ing.

“The thing that im­me­di­ately comes to mind is that all as­so­ci­ated costs with the po­si­tion, should it be re­gion­al­ized, must be shared in an eq­ui­table fash­ion,” he noted. Men­chions echoed that. Over 30 ap­pli­ca­tions came in to Spa­niard’s Bay for the po­si­tion from all over the is­land, dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try and even out­side Canada in one case.

As of last week, there were four can­di­dates cho­sen for in­ter­views. The de­ci­sion will be made in the com­ing weeks.

If a part­ner­ship were to hap­pen, it would be too late for Har­bour Grace to be a part of the hir­ing process.

In the Har­bour Grace meet­ing, the coun­cil mem­bers seemed in­ter­ested in start­ing this part­ner­ship. The Com­pass reached out to Mayor Terry Barnes, but mes­sages were not re­turned.

Other towns in Con­cep­tion Bay North with en­force­ment of­fi­cers are the Town of Bay Roberts and the Town of Car­bon­ear, where those du­ties are han­dled re­spec­tively by Perry Bow­er­ing and Gord Par­sons.


Spa­niard’s Bay Mayor Tony Men­chions is open to the idea of a re­gional mu­nic­i­pal en­force­ment of­fice, shar­ing with Har­bour Grace and pos­si­bly other mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

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