FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Executive Committee of the Northeast BC Resource Municipalities Coalition has announced that Executive Director Colin Griffith has been released from his obligations to the Coalition.

The Coalition’s funding members have ratified the Executive’s decision to exercise the termination clause in the Executive Director’s contract. The Coalition said in a release that it felt the organization needs to be headed in a new direction as the reason it decided to terminate Griffith.

“As Chair of the executive meeting where the decision was made, I can confirm that the funding members have ratified the executive decision to exercise the termination clause in the contract with the executive director,” said Taylor Mayor Rob Fraser in a statement. “It is the sincere desire of the members represented on the executive committee to make this transition a respectful and professional process.”

“The work of the coalition is important and will help to secure a prosperous future for our children and grandchildren. Change is necessary and it’s healthy,” said Tumbler Ridge Mayor Don McPherson

Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman said that despite the Coalition parting ways with Griffith, the Coalition has a robust strategic plan, and a big to-do list of items to accomplish in the coming weeks and months. “We want to open some meetings and have some conversations down in Victoria. Some of the topics would be around the PST legislation that needs to go through. Forestry health education, mental health and addictions are some of the issues that we’re facing as communities in Northeast B.C.”

Ackerman also said the Coalition is going to stress the need for an underground mine training centre in Tumbler Ridge after HD Mining was given approval for its Murray River Coal Project. She added that the Coalition is still going ahead with its plans to host a Forum on February 28th at the Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre in Fort St. John. Registration details are expected to be announced later this month.