The Moose Jaw Board of Police Commissioners recently lost a member when Nicole Swanson moved outside of the city, and Kelly Baxter has now been sworn in to replace her just ahead of a busy budget season.

"I'm excited for the opportunity, and to ... help provide some strategic direction to the police service," Baxter said. She added that her knowledge of the exact details of the role was limited, but she is looking forward to learning the ropes quickly. Baxter will bring public service experience from her career with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Social Services.

"It's great to have Commissioner Baxter on our board," said Crystal Froese, city councilor and current chair of the Moose Jaw Board of Police Commissioners. "It was a quick turnaround, with the City of Moose Jaw being able to get the post out to have people apply, and we're really happy to be able to have her sworn in today so that we can get moving forward with all the work that we have to do here at the commission.

"Budget is the big one, and that's what we're going to be tackling at our next board meeting. It's a significant portion of the City of Moose Jaw's budget, so it's a very important portfolio to be looking at."

Baxter was sworn in by Provincial Court Judge Brian Hendrickson at the Moose Jaw Police Service (MJPS) headquarters. Mayor Clive Tolley and MJPS Chief Rick Bourassa were also in attendance.

The next meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners is Wednesday, July 10.