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By-law department back to full force

By Randy Thoms Aug 11, 2023 | 4:16 PM

Clinton Gray (centre) accepts his badge as the newest by-law enforcement officer for the town of Fort Frances from Mayor Andrew Hallikas (right) and Interim Chief Administrative Officer Travis Rob, August 10, 2023. Image: Randy Thoms/Acadia Broadcasting

The by-law department for the town of Fort Frances is back to having a full complement of by-law enforcement officers.

The newest officer, Clinton Gray, was officially presented with his badge at a ceremony on Thursday.

Gray is looking forward to his new role.

“I went to school for police foundations, so I’ve always had an interest in this field. I did want to do something. It did take a few years to get here, but, now I’m here,” says Gray.

Gray still has to complete some training and complete necessary courses to become fully certified.

Gray appointment returns the by-law department back to having two full-time by-law officers.

Senior By-law Officer Patrick Briere says it allows them to get caught up.

“We’re just getting caught up on all the complaints that we’ve had backlogged while I was by myself. We’re just making do and getting everything back out to the public again. It is important to get Clinton trained first and get the courses that he requires. But once he gets those under his belt, he’ll be well on his way,” says Briere.

Gray’s hiring is the third in the past year.

Two previous hires left for other positions after working with the department for a few months.



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