A former RCMP officer says he wants to use his law enforcement experience — and new ideas — to help make Vernon a safe, vibrant community for years to come.
Rick Lavin has announced he is running for a seat on Vernon council in the Oct. 20 elections.
He is one of five people to announce a run for councillor so far, joining Don Jefcoat, Teresa Durning, Dalvir Nahal (incumbent), and Kelly Fehr in vying for the six positions for four year terms.
In a news release, Lavin says he spent 30 years with the RCMP, rising through the ranks to become an Inspector and then Officer in Charge of Professional Standards for British Columbia, one of the RCMP’s most senior posts. He retired from the RCMP and left the Lower Mainland for Vernon in 2011. A few years later, looking for a way to use his skills, expertise and passion to give back, Lavin became the Executive Director of the Upper Room Mission.
“Over the years, in various capacities, I’ve been directly involved with many of the key issues facing our community—including what’s happening downtown with our street entrenched population and the impact on businesses and community services —and I want to use my background and leadership to help Vernon move forward.”
Lavin, who was a member of the Activate Safety Task Force, says those roles have given him unique insight and ideas on how to approach safety downtown in ways that are simple, affordable and effective.
“I’d like to help develop a long-term strategy that’s really going to see our dollars generate positive outcomes that benefit everyone for years to come. We don’t have to spend a lot; we just have to know where we can make ripples.”
Lavin says in addition to having an ear to the ground, his professional background has influenced his approach to balanced and evidence-based decision-making.
“If honored with the responsibility to be elected to City Council, I would be representing the people of Vernon objectively. I know how important it is to listen to people and make decisions that are in the best interest of Vernon, and I measure every action by my core values: honesty, integrity, compassion and respect.”
To meet and hear from residents, and discuss Vernon’s important issues in more detail, Lavin will be hosting a campaign launch event at the Schubert Centre Aug. 27 at 4:30 pm for media and the public.
You can find out more about the event and Lavin’s campaign at https://rlavin.ca