Grey County Inspector takes Wellington duties

GUELPH – Wellington County OPP Inspector Steve Walsh said goodbye at county council on Feb. 26 and introduced the man who will take over his duties.

Walsh retired on Feb. 27 and Grey County OPP Inspec­tor Mark Vanlanduyt, who has some familiarity with the neigh­bouring detachment, will be taking on the inspec­tor’s role until a permanent replace­ment for Walsh is found.

Walsh said Vanlanduyt has lived near Wellington County for “several years” and will do a good job.

Police Services Board liai­son Lynda White told council Walsh will be missed, and the board has contacted the regional office stating “time is of the essence” for finding a replacement. She added Wellington officials are ex­pec­ting to have a strong say in who will become the permanent inspector of the county OPP.

Wellington was the first and is the largest municipally-run OPP detachment in Ontario.