Top cop in command
GYMPIE'S new top cop is a top catch, according to detective inspector Bruce McNab.
Inspector Jon Lewis was welcomed earlier this week as Gympie's first ever patrol commander.
The new role, in line with this week's restructure of the Queensland Police Service, will see Insp Lewis take charge of Gympie Patrol Group's general duty staff.
The new Gympie Patrol group joins the former policing districts of Bundaberg and Maryborough to form the Wide Bay Burnett Police District.
The patrol group spans Rainbow Beach, Tin Can Bay, Kilkivan, Goomeri, Imbil and Gympie and will be the responsibility for the former Noosa operations inspector.
While he's on his way to becoming a Gympie local after stints on the Sunshine Coast and in the office of the commissioner among others, Insp Lewis is country cop at heart.
Gympie's former operations inspector Bruce McNab said Insp Lewis was a true blue "country policeman" who has experience in two-man rural stations as well as 24-hour stations like Emerald's.
"He's a very, very good pickup for an area like Gympie," Insp McNab said.