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Tofino mayor resigns, will focus on Cactus Club role

Nov 14 2012
Tofino’s chief administrative officer Braden Smith (left) and mayor Perry Schmunk (right) both announced their resignations during the council meeting that took place on Tuesday. 

Tofino’s chief administrative officer Braden Smith (left) and mayor Perry Schmunk (right) both announced their resignations during the council meeting that took place on Tuesday.

Photograph by: Jon Dewald , Westerley News

An emotional Tofino mayor Perry Schmunk announced that both he and Chief Administrative Officer Braden Smith are resigning from their positions at a town council meeting Tuesday night.

Schmunk cited his recent change of employment as the marketing director of the Cactus Club Cafe restaurant chain as the reason for his resignation. The job takes him out of Tofino at least four days a week

“It’s been challenging and as it’s turned out, some of my schedule just really conflicts with the schedule and the need of the district,” he said.

He said helping in the community’s emergency response to the recent earthquake and tsunami warning on Oct. 27 was a highlight of his year as mayor, but it was also very stressful.

While Schmunk’s position as mayor will cease Jan. 1, 2013, he will still call Tofino home.

“I’m definitely staying,” said Schmunk, a five-year resident. “I’m here a little less than I’d like to be, but Tofino will remain home and I’m happy about that.”

The date for the mayoral byelection is yet to be set.

Smith will continue his role as CAO until Feb. 1, 2013, after which he, and his family, will relocate to Winnipeg where he will be taking a senior planning role with the city.

“Although I’m excited about the opportunities for the future, it is not without some nostalgia that my family and I move from a place that we’ve called home for the past seven years,” reads Smith’s resignation letter. “Tofino is a remarkable place with wonderful people and I hope that my small contributions will make a difference to help Tofino on its path of reaching ever greater heights.”

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