Acting Insp. Keith Lindner recently became interim commander of the Victoria Police Department’s West Division in Esquimalt.
A permanent replacement will be chosen from within VicPD ranks, and police brass are hoping to hire someone by January, said Victoria police spokesperson, Const. Mike Russell.
Lindner, who took over after Insp. Darrell McLean retired last month, was born and raised in Saanich and has been a cop in Calgary and Victoria for 25 years. He headed up VicPD’s negotiators for the past 14 years.
“I come out here because I want to be here,” Lindner told Esquimalt council Monday night, adding he has applied for the permanent post.