Alberni Crown prosecutor moved to top slot on Island

Port Alberni Crown Counsel David Kidd, 51, is the new deputy regional crown counsel — one of only two such positions on Vancouver Island.

A Port Alberni Crown prosecutor has been named the second most powerful prosecutor on Vancouver Island.

Crown Counsel David Kidd, 51, is the new deputy regional Crown counsel. — one of only two such positions on Vancouver Island.

Kidd will report directly to the regional Crown counsel in Victoria.

He is leaving Port Alberni on Aug. 26 and starts his new position in Nanaimo in September.

“This is a significant promotion for Dave,” Alberni crown counsel Gordon Baines said. “It’s a much sought after position and it’s a real coup for him to get it.”

Kidd replaces veteran deputy regional crown counsel Glen Kelt who is retiring.

A competition within the criminal justice branch will be held to fill the Alberni vacancy.

Kidd has been a Crown counsellor in Port Alberni since 1991, and came from Dawson Creek where he practiced law privately.

He’s also been the administrative crown counsel in Alberni since 2008.

Kidd quarterbacked several high profile cases during his tenure in Alberni.

There was the Johnson case, in which the defendant pled guilty to second-degree murder in 2008.

Kidd was involved with the Dhillon case early in his tenure. The case was ground breaking because it was one of the first in Canada that dealt with DNA technology.

And Kidd was at the helm in the case of Rod Patten, who was convicted of killing Jessica States.

“He’s been a real leader in the courtroom,” Baines said.

Kidd and Baines knew the job was up for competition before Baines went away for holidays in June.

“I asked Dave if he was going to throw his hat in the ring and he said no,” Baines said.

“When I got back he said he got it and my face almost fell off.”

Kidd’s experience, leadership and comprehensive knowledge of criminal law garnered the position, provincial Crown counsel spokesperson Neil McKenzie said.

“Dave is a well respected prosecutor,” McKenzie said.

“The branch is quite fortunate to have him accept this position.”

reporter@albernivalleynews.com

Just Posted

Hay bales and high fives for Port Alberni soapbox derby

New track on Lower Argyle Street gets a thumbs up

Brush fire breaks out near Taylor Arm Park

Fire forces partial closure of Highway 4 west of Port Alberni

Rosalind Chapman seeks seat on Port Alberni city council

Community volunteer and longtime Alberni Valley resident Rosalind Chapman will seek a… Continue reading

Accident causes power outage on Beaver Creek Road

One sent to West Coast General Hospital in crash

Inside the music: step behind the curtain at the venerable Vancouver Island Music Festival

Big Read: VIMF in the Comox Valley exemplifies the spirit of an Island summer music festival

BC Wildfire merges two Okanagan wildfires

Large plume of smoke seen over the fire was a controlled event

Lower Mainland teams battle for baseball gold at BC Games

Vancouver Coastal squeaked out a 3-2 win against Fraser Valley

The Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw people signed an agreement-in-principle with the B.C. government

The signing ceremony, at the Eliza Archie Memorial School, was 25 years in the making

Ping-pong balls of fire dropped to merge two B.C. wildfires

The merger is considered successful by BC Wildfire Services

Canada to resettle dozens of White Helmets and their families from Syria

There are fears the volunteers would become a target for government troops

Francesco Molinari wins British Open at Carnoustie

It is his first win at a major and the first by an Italian

Government sets full-time salary range for Justin Trudeau’s nanny

At its top range, the order works out to a rate of $21.79 per hour, assuming a 40-hour work week

Recovery high schools could help teens before addiction takes hold: B.C. parents

Schools could provide mental health supports and let parents discuss their children’s drug use openly

Haida Gwaii village faces housing crisis, targets short-term rentals

Housing is tight and the village is pretty close to zero vacancy

Most Read