Tuesday, November 10, 2009  
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Quote of the Week
“The police office is not the
place for him. It’s not his
place of business.”
- Councillor David Cole  
- on the bylaw officer’s   
workplace   

 

 
After long periods of uncertainty about the future of the position, the municipality has hired a new bylaw enforcement officer for the community. Larry Iutzi, recently retired from 35 years of service with the RCMP and a resident of Crowsnest Pass, has become the fourth bylaw officer in the last four years.
Iutzi (pronounced yoot-zi) was born and raised in Ontario, but spent just over 35 years with the RCMP in Alberta, including 12 years in Airdrie, 12 years in Jasper, and most recently six years in Milk River. He retired in July of 2009 and moved to the Crowsnest Pass, where he had owned land for several years, to start building a house.
"I fell in love with the mountains," he says, adding that he chose the Pass because it was a better value than Banff or Jasper.
Initially after retirement, Iutzi was interested in the RCMP reserve program, but that program was put on hold by the province due to economic issues. When the bylaw officer position was made available, he saw it as a way to apply his law enforcement skills in a new way.
"It's a related job," says Iutzi. "You work closely with the police." He says that working with a municipality will be new for him, but that his goal is to provide effective enforcement and work with people to resolve their problems.
He started in his new position on Monday, November 2, and was given a full orientation tour of the community. He has the use of the bylaw enforcement vehicle and is learning the details of local bylaws. He looks forward to getting into the job and getting to know the people and the area better.
During regular hours at the municipal office, residents can submit their bylaw-related complaints directly to the office by calling 403-562-8833.
 
When the office is closed, complaints can be directed to an off-hours complaint line at 403-562-2021. Callers can ask for bylaw complaints, and the information will be passed on to the municipality.
Discussion took place in council on Tuesday, November 3, about where the bylaw officer should have his office. The current arrangement, as it has been in the past, is to have the officer work out of the RCMP detachment. However, Councillor David Cole told council that he believes the bylaw officer should work out of the municipal office.
"The citizens of the Crowsnest Pass want to get ahold of this fellow," said Councillor Cole. "I don't believe being in the RCMP office is beneficial to our citizens. The police office is not the place for him. It's not his place of business."
Chief Administrative Officer Gordon Lundy pointed out that space is hard to come by in the crowded municipal office. "I don't know where I would cram him into this building," he said. "We don't have room in this building for him." He said that having a relationship between the bylaw officer and the RCMP is important because the police provide backup to the bylaw officer when needed.
Councillor Cole said that the officer should still be able to get backup without working out of the detachment.
It was suggested that the bylaw officer could use what is called the mayor's office, which is available to all of council but not used all the time.
Council passed a motion to have the bylaw officer in the municipal office, but it was not specified exactly where in the office he would go. The motion passed 6-1, Councillor Larry Mitchell opposed. Councillor Mitchell said that he felt things should be left the way they were and that council should no longer be "horsing around" about the bylaw officer issue.
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