Fire Chief Jason Everitt described his decision to leave Prince Albert for Melfort as an opportunity he couldn't pass up.
Everitt will soon be taking on the top job in the Melfort Fire Department, after more than five years in Prince Albert. In addition to his leadership duties at the fire hall, Everitt was in charge of the city's emergency response centre, and was instrumental in the launch of the city's alert system. Everitt said he's looking forward to the new challenges that await him in Melfort.
"My wife and I felt it was a good fit and it was a good opportunity for personal growth as well to work with a different community," he said.
Everitt said he has a tremendous amount of respect for the men and women of the Prince Albert fire hall, as well as City Administrator Jim Toye. He admitted the decision to leave was not an easy one.
"It is a bit heartbreaking to leave, but change is good and change is healthy and so we need to recognize that and take advantage of opportunities when they are in front of us," he said.
Everitt said his first day on the job in Melfort will be July 3.
Prince Albert's Mayor Greg Dionne said he is very sad to see Everitt go.
"Jason Everitt is, in my opinion, one of the best leaders we had," Dionne said. "He led us through the water crisis and he led the team in the search for the four-year-old who was lost just recently ... I want to wish him the best in his future endeavors."
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