Historic appointment for Alberta RCMP’s “K” Division

Meet the new Commanding Officer for “K” Division RCMP: Marianne Ryan. Supplied by RCMP

EDMONTON – Assistant Commissioner Marianne Ryan has been appointed the new Commanding Officer of the Mounties’ K Division in Alberta. She will be the first woman to hold the position, according to officials.

Her appointment takes effect immediately and comes on the heels of the recent retirement of Deputy Commissioner Dale McGowan.

“I feel extremely honoured and privileged to serve as the Commanding Officer of the RCMP for this great province, which I now call home,” A/Commr.  Ryan said in a release. “I am especially humbled to be appointed to lead such a dedicated team of employees who do extraordinary work every day to ensure public safety in the communities we serve.”

Jonathan Denis, Alberta Minister of Justice and Solicitor General, congratulated Ryan while thanking her predecessor for “his dedication, service and commitment to our province and Albertans.”

A native of London, Ontario, Ryan joined the RCMP in 1982 after receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario. Her RCMP career spans 31 years.

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“I am pleased to appoint a leader with experience and credibility,” said RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson. “Marianne has won the respect of her staff and many partners by focusing on results.”

Since January 2011, she has served as the Officer-in-Charge of Criminal Operations in Alberta.

She will now oversee 112 detachments and more than 4,000 RCMP employees in the province.

Watch: Gord Steinke speaks with Assistant Commissioner Marianne Ryan about her new post

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