Retired asssitant RCMP commissioner named new Sask. Lieutenant Governor
Retired RCMP assistant commissioner Russell Mirasty has been appointed Saskatchewan’s 23rd lieutenant governor. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement on twitter Wednesday morning.
Mirasty also served as the Chief Superintendent for the RCMP’s “F” Division in Saskatchewan. He’s the first Indigenous person to command an RCMP division.
Mirasty is a member of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band, making him the province’s first Indigenous lieutenant governor.
Russell Mirasty is an outstanding leader who served 36 years in the RCMP and paved the way for Indigenous peoples in the national police force. I know he’ll keep making a difference for people in Saskatchewan in his new role as Lieutenant Governor. https://t.co/TfXbdniyYX
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) July 17, 2019
In a 36 year policing career, Mirasty served in seven provinces and participated in an exchange with the Northern Territory Police Service in Australia. He retired from policing in 2013.
“Known as a relationship-builder, Mr. Mirasty is an outstanding leader who paved the way for Indigenous peoples in the national police force. As Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, I know he will continue to make a difference for the people of his province and all Canadians, and inspire others to create change in their communities,” Trudeau said in a statement.
In a biography of Mirasty posted on the prime minister’s website, Mirasty lead a province-wide engagement on how to improve Saskatchewan’s education system in his retirement.
He’s also served on a number of boards and had been appointed to Saskatchewan’s Advisory Group on Poverty Reduction.
Mirasty’s appointment follows the passing of former Lieutenant Governor W. Thomas Molloy.
Molloy passed away July 2, 2019 following a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 78. A state funeral was held in Molloy’s honour in Saskatoon on July 13.
Mirasty lives in La Ronge, Sask. with his wife Donna. The couple has two children and two grandchildren.
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