Clearwater’s former top cop has resigned from the RCMP. A police spokesperson has confirmed that Stuart Seib has handed in his resignation and it has been accepted.
“His career with the RCMP has ended. As a private citizen he is no longer subject to any disciplinary actions under the RCMP Act,” said Sgt. Rob Vermeulen.
Seib was NCO-in-charge of the Clearwater RCMP detachment from 2003 until November, 2011, when he was transferred to take over in Merritt. He was promoted from sergeant to staff sergeant at that time.
On Jan. 10 he was arrested for allegedly stealing and using cocaine valued at under $5,000 from seized exhibits.
His first court appearance was to have been in Merritt court on Wednesday. However, court heard that two charges have been laid – one for theft under $5,000 and a new one for breach of trust. The hearing was postponed until July 3. Seib will have the option to make a plea at that time.
“The Crown has concluded the charges aspect and the two charges before the court are the ones that have been approved by Crown,” Crown spokesman Neil MacKenzie said. “There are generally a number of preliminary appearances in any proceeding once charges have been approved, to provide disclosure to the accused.”
Seib was an RCMP officer for 18 years prior to the charge.
Also see the letter to the editor from Seib in the Opinion section.