Fort St. John city councillor Becky Grimsrud has resigned.
The city said Wednesday she has accepted employment as a health and safety assistant within the city organization.
“I am thankful for the opportunity to represent the citizens of this community for the past two years," Grimsrud said in a statement. "Our employees form an integral part of keeping this city running smoothly, and I look forward to contributing to the operational side of things. Council has my full confidence to lead us forward through these challenging times."
Grimsrud was first elected in 2018, topping the polls with 1,718 votes.
"Getting to know Becky over the last couple years has been a privilege and an honour. She has worked very hard for the community and the region," said Mayor Lori Ackerman. "It is bittersweet, but we know that the decisions that she makes are very thoughtful, and so it’s the right one for her and her family. We wish Becky all the best in her future endeavours."
“As the result of a competitive recruitment process, we are excited to have Becky join the operations side of local government, and we thank her for her service to the community over the past several years,” said CAO Milo MacDonald.
A by-election has been tentatively set for the spring. Council will start the process to appoint an election officer and set a date at its next meeting, Jan. 25.
"Those who are interested in running for council are encouraged to step up and offer your service to your community," said Ackerman. "As in the past, I am always open to providing the details of the role and responsibilities as a member of Council.”
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[Eds. note: Article updates to add Grimsrud has taken the role of health and safety assistant at the city.]