New police boss for Clutha region
Clutha is getting a new top cop with Inspector Alastair Dickie of Dunedin being appointed as Clutha-Taieri area response manager.
He fills the vacancy left by former senior sergeant Richard Whitmore, who moved to a sole charge position in Clinton last year.
It will mean a return to provincial policing for Mr Dickie as well as a return to Balclutha, where he has spent a number of years during his policing career.
The southern district commander, superintendent Andrew Coster, said Mr Dickie had fond memories of his early years in rural areas.
"He is looking forward to rekindling connections with former local partner agency contacts and local staff . . . his focus will be continuing prevention first and policing excellence initiatives."
The role means a move from the rank of inspector to senior sergeant for Mr Dickie, who has been in the force for 36 years.
Acting sergeant Steve Griffiths of Balclutha said Mr Dickie was a "fantastic boss and well respected person down this way".
There will be at least one familiar face at the station when Mr Dickie starts his new job on March 31. His son Logan is currently a constable in Balclutha.