Tim Fox wasn't about to make it to unlucky number 13. The CAO for the County of Stettler was a month short of his 13-year anniversary when he surprised Council on Tuesday, Jan. 30 with his resignation.
Niki Thorsteinsson, the Director of Communications for Stettler County explained that Fox was very clear that his decision was all a matter of timing.
"The timing was right for him and he just made the decision," she said. "He didn't make the decision lightly and [decided that] it was time for him to throw his energies into something new."
Some of Fox's highlights during his tenure as CAO include the implementation of Environmental Services at the County and the establishment and management of the Shirley McClellan Regional Water Services Commission.
Community was a big part of Fox's life, and he worked tirelessly to improve the County.
"Tim spearheaded ‘Community Engagement’ protocol with the citizens of Stettler County fostering an 'open-door' policy for ratepayers, government and employees," Thorsteinsson elaborated. "[He was] always supporting transparency as a key function in the success of this organization."
Because of the quick nature of Fox's resignation, Council has barely had time to process the news, let alone act on it. However, Thorsteinsson said getting a new CAO is on the agenda.
"We haven't received directions from Council yet. We're waiting to hear what they want to do. It's a bit of a surprise, no one was expecting Tim was going to step down this week, so we're going to give them a little bit of time," she explained. "We're right in the middle of strategic planning and working on our budget and so there are some things that have to be tidied up, and I'm sure that that'll be one of the orders of business to get to right away."
As for Fox himself, he wrote in a letter to Council, saying "The decision to leave has been entirely of my own making. The time is simply right for me to, at least temporarily, set down my pen and computer and put on my boots and work on my next chapter."