Olsen steps down from council

Einar Olsen, Rimbey’s youngest town councillor, has stepped down.

Einar Olsen

Einar Olsen, Rimbey’s youngest town councillor, has stepped down.

The 29-year-old father of one has resigned after making a decision to move west of town with his wife, Jocelyn and daughter, Lilly.

“It is unfortunate,” said Olsen, who moved 23 kilometers west of the four-way-stop onto a quarter section last weekend. “It was a really good experience.”

Olsen said his time on council gave him insight into municipal politics and although being a councillor was not without challenges, overall, it was enjoyable.

The announcement of funding for the seniors’ lodge, the paving of Main Street and plans for the skateboard park to be built were highlights for Olsen.

Mayor Rick Pankiw said Olsen’s resignation was effective as of July 9.

He said he would have to talk the matter over carefully with his wife, if he should decide to enter the political scene again.

He said he has enjoyed working with Olsen on council and found him to be a team player who took his role seriously. He is hopeful more young candidates will come forward to run.

“I found Einar to be well prepared and knowledgeable. I wish him and his wife and daughter well.”

Pankiw said he is expecting a bi-election to be held the first week of October.