A new opportunity has caused Stephane Labonne to step away from Morinville.

The town's chief administrative officer joined Morinville in March 2018. 

"My commitment to council when I was hired was that no matter how long I was in this role, I would strive to make the organization better as I saw the potential it had, as well as ensure the municipality did not miss opportunities to become a better community to live, work and play. I leave knowing I did my best to accomplish both goals," said Labonne.

He gave notice to council of his resignation on Tuesday (Jan.4), explaining he was leaving his position to pursue a leadership opportunity with another municipality in British Columbia.

"The support I have had from both Councils, residents and businesses has left me humbled. Morinville is an exceptional place to be with an engaged community, and I am proud of our collective accomplishments."

Labonne's last day will be on Feb.25.

"The energy, enthusiasm, commitment and passion Mr. Labonne shared with not only our community but the entire Edmonton Metro Region will certainly be missed," said mayor Simon Boersma. "Stephane's impact on the organization has been profound, and he will be leaving Morinville in a measurably better position, and for that, we are truly thankful. His strong leadership has helped us navigate these unprecedented times, and both council and staff wish him every success in his new endeavours."

Council will begin the recruitment process to fill the vacancy over the next few weeks.